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Penn State Football: Saquon Barkley Drafted No. 2 Overall To New York Giants

by on April 26, 2018 8:15 PM

An all-time Penn State great is now a New York Giant as Saquon Barkley was selected No. 2 overall in the NFL Draft on Thursday night.

The three-year starter who amassed just over 5,000 yards from scrimmage during his career and 51 total touchdowns gives Penn State a selection in the opening round of the draft for the first time since 2010 when Jared Odrick was selected 28th overall.

Barkley's selection makes him the first offensive Penn State player to be drafted in the first round since Bryant and Larry Johnson went in the same round during the 2003 draft. Bryant was picked 17th overall while Larry went 10 spots later at No. 27.

Overall, Barkley marks the 11th first-round running back from Penn State and the fourth to go in the Top 5. Ki-Jana Carter was drafted first overall in 1995 with Curtis Enis being the most recent Top 5 Nittany Lion going at No.5 in 1998.

You can read a full breakdown of Penn State's first-round selections here by Mike Poorman.

The Giants finished the 2017-18 season at 3-13 overall and 4th in the NFC East. Barkley will play a short drive from former teammate and New York Jet, Christian Hackenberg. Barkley will be catching passes this season from Eli Manning who enters his 15th season in the league, all of which were played in New York. During his junior season Barkley hauled in 54 receptions for 632 yards.

The Giants most recent won the Super Bowl during the 2011 and 2007 seasons. His rookie contract could be an upwards of $30 million.

Barkley is currently signed with Nike and represented by Roc Nation and agent Kim Miale. He finished his career 90 yards shy of becoming Penn State's all-time leading rusher.

“We are beyond excited for Saquon to be the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “He is a once in a lifetime-type player with his work ethic, football IQ and athletic prowess. You will not find a guy who will work harder on the field, in the film room or in the weight room. He is constantly trying to improve himself. He is a guy who will instantly make an impact for the New York Giants in the locker room and on the field, not only because of the kind of player he is, but because of the man he is.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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