Could Saquon Barkley Be The Packers’ Pick?
We can probably all agree on one thing. The Green Bay Packers don’t NEED another running back.
We all still love Aaron Jones. Mike McCarthy apparently loves Jamaal Williams because Jones isn’t great in pass pro. And then there’s Ty Montgomery, who if he can stay healthy, could be a legit factor.
But what if the Packers stand pat in the first round at No. 14 and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is sitting there?
A number of outlets have played out that situation and have the Packers taking Barkley. It would be a best-available selection in the truest sense. Most draft people — in fact, all that I have heard from — say Barkley is the best, most-talented player in this draft.
However, we’ve detailed it many times before. Although teams say they are going to take the best-available guy, that never happens in the first round. Usually doesn’t happen in the second round either. Teams are looking for the “best-available” player at a position of need in those rounds. They want a day one contributor. Someone to fill a hole on their roster. That makes their best-available guy the best-available guy that fills one of their roster holes.
“Best-available” usually doesn’t make any sense on the first day of the draft, even though everyone will bandy the term about.
But we don’t know what Brian Gutekunst is about when it comes to the draft yet.
Maybe he takes best-available seriously. And if Barkley is there and the Packers stand pat, you then have to take him, right?
What we do know going into this dog-and-pony show is quarterbacks are going to come early and often. Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield… there are four picks that are coming off the board before the Packers even think about selecting.
The Browns have the No. 1 and 4 overall selections. They are the wild card in terms of Barkley. The Giants, at No. 2, may also fit the bill. However, the Browns are now being connected to N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb at No. 4 — if they don’t trade the pick, which we have also heard is a possibility. The Giants need a successor to Eli Manning. They don’t have to select that guy now, but are they going to chance the possibility a draft will be as rich at quarterback as this one and they will be in a position to get one?
We know the Packers’ “need” targets are Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward and Florida State safety Derwin James. Short of landing either of those guys, which they will likely need to trade up for, it’s Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
And he may or not last until No. 14.
If you’re Gutes, you stand pat and Barkley is sitting there, how do you not take him?
You then — and can — fill the needs later in the draft or through free agency. Eric Reid is still out there. Dez Bryant is still out there.
As much as I love the potential of Aaron Jones, I wouldn’t take a pass on an offensive weapon like Saquon Barkley.
Imagine having the best quarterback in the league and possibly the best running back in the league.