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Will Giants regret passing on Sam Darnold?

The New York Giants selected Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the second overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. In the process, they passed up on several highly-rated quarterbacks such as Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold, who was selected directly after Barkley by the New York Jets with the third pick.

The Giants did take a quarterback, Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta, in the fourth round. Plus they have Eli Manning under contract for two more years and another young quarterback in Davis Webb, who has yet to take a snap in an NFL game.

Webb’s performance against the Cleveland Browns in the Giants’ preseason opener last week did nothing to quell the fears of Giant fans and pundits who have an eye on the future.

Just the suggestion that they passed on Darnold for a “running back” is ludicrous. Saquon Barkley is more that just a running back. He’s a weapon. He proved that the first time he touched the football as a pro, ripping off a 39-yard run against the Browns last week.

Darnold had a fine debut as well, which prompted a social media storm questioning the Giants’ decision to pass on him.

The Jets fans are crowing, thanking their lucky stars the Giants didn’t take Darnold. Giant fans don’t care. They love Barkley. He’s everything the team had hoped he was. If they had taken Darnold, they would’ve created a logjam at quarterback that could take years to play out.

In the interim, the Giants believe they can win now, and Barkley provides them another offensive weapon to along with Odell Beckham, Jr., Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard.

Darnold may turn out to be a great pro but had the Giants selected him, it may not have been the right move. Sure, they have to plan for the future, but Manning is 37, and a healthy 37 at that. He can play three or four more years easily and with the weapons the team has surrounded him with.

Barkley has Pro Bowl potential and provides the team with a dynamic back in the same league as the Rams’ Todd Gurley and David Johnson of the Cardinals. Darnold appears to be ready to start for the Jets, and good for them. He wasn’t the right guy for the Giants at this time.

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