The question being posed to every and all Giants fans heading into next month's draft is whether or not they should take a top QB prospect or Saquon Barkley. It really all comes down to if the Giants are in love with one of these QB prospects or not. Well, that's actually not the only tell. If the Giants take a QB they clearly aren't trying to win now or else they'd use that draft pick to get a player that they can use to help win right off the rip. If we draft a QB he won't be taking the field as the Giants starter until the 2019 season at the earliest. If Eli plays well this season which I imagine he will now that the offensive line should give him more than .5 seconds to throw, then he'll play out the remainder of his contract and that QB we drafted wouldn't become our starter until the 2020 season. Are we really ready to give up two seasons to groom a quarterback while letting our franchise QB of the moment just kill time and play out the rest of his contract. That doesn't make much sense to me at all, which is exactly why I believe taking Saquon Barkley is the only practical move.
Adding Barkley is adding an elite offensive talent to a position that the Giants haven't had talent at since Tiki Barber was playing. That's basically Eli's entire career that he hasn't had an elite talent to lean on to help take the pressure off him. Sure the Bradshaw and Jacobs combo was good, but neither of those guys are capable of what Barkley is. Imagine how much more effective our pass game will be now that we have a left tackle that can block and the threat of a very real running game. Our offense would instantly be that much more explosive, finally opening up the passing game for what we know it can be with all the weapons we have with OBJ, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Brandon Marshall all returning healthy. At that point if the offense doesn't succeed then I'll finally be ready to move on from Eli because there will be no excuse. I know that won't happen though because Eli has held this offense together for over a decade with out all these elements of the offense coming together at the same time.
It's going to sound pretty dumb when I say this but the Giants weren't as bad as their record last season. We still have more talent than a lot of the teams that finished with more wins than us. Our offense was decimated by injuries, our coaching staff was incompetent, and we lost a lot of close games that ended up snowballing into a very miserable season. Shit happens in the NFL, sometimes you look great on paper and then the ball just seems to continue to bounce the wrong way. Don't get me wrong, there was many of problems with the Giants team last season that led to that record, however the new front office is addressing them as efficiently as possible.
The Giants defense will bounce back. They'll return to 2016 form, maybe even better than 2016 form, and I'll guarantee that. If the Giants take Barkley the offense will reach a whole new level. A level that will elevate the defenses play because they'll finally be receiving support from their offense for the first time since they've been assembled. The addition of Ogletree will help tighten up our weak linebacking core as well. The Giants moves have been low key, but they've also been exactly what they need. A little fine tuning will go a long way, now the only thing to do is draft Barkley to complete the machine. Once he's on board the Giants will be put together where they can actually compete. Barkley is the answer if we want to give it one last run with Eli and the boys. Drafting a QB is basically forfeiting the next couple of seasons and watching the Eli Manning retirement tour. Tell me which one you'd rather see. In my opinion this decision is cut and dry, take Saquon Barkley.