I think the thing that makes him a special player is his ability to beat you between the tackles, beat you on the perimeter, beat you as a receiver, and be a better person and leader than he is a football player, Moorhead said. When you combine all those tangible and intangible qualities together, I guess that’s how you end up as the second pick in the Draft.
His size, his speed, his athleticism, his ability to make people miss, his physicality both as a runner and in pass protection, and his ability to catch the ball either out of the backfield or the slot. He had 54 catches for 632 yards this year and he’s not a guy who’s a first or second down back. He’s a guy that’s going to be on the field all three downs.
As a result, Barkley was held under 100 yards rushing eight times last season. Moorhead says that it was those moments that showed him the type of leader, teammate, and person Barkley is.
I think the biggest thing about Saquon and his leadership, and how much he cared about the team so much more than individual success is there were games this year where a defense was doing everything they could to take him out of a game, and his touches and productivity were limited, but at the same time we had Trace [McSorely], we had DaeSean [Hamilton], we had Mike Gesicki, and a lot of other guys, and we were still putting up points and wing games.
Saquon was never a guy that frowned when we won and he didn’t have a ton of production. He cared more about the team winning than his limited success.
Barkley, the experts say, has the talent level of a Hall of Famer like Barry Sanders — although he tried to put an end to those comparisons.
That needs to stop, he told three reporters in a rare quiet moment after the Giants picked him. There will never, ever be another Barry Sanders, and I don’t want to be another Barry Sanders. I want to be a Saquon Barkley. I want to make my own name.
Darnold, the experts say, will finally end the Jets’ decades-long quest for the next great quarterback after Joe Namath — although he made it clear he wasn’t worried about those expectations.
I’m taking it head on, he said. I’m a pretty confident guy. I’m going to go in there and do my thing. I’m going to do what the coaches ask me to do and do that at the highest Cheap NFL Jerseys level. That’s my plan.
Their paths crossed once during their college careers, with Barkley Best Place For Cheap Jerseys at Penn State and Darnold at Southern Cal during Rose Bowl two years ago, but they only got to know each other during the pre-draft process that lasted almost as long as the college football season itself.