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Giants Dave Gettleman says Saquon Barkley'was touched by the hand of God

The New York Giants probably aren't going to stray far from their board in the final day of the National Football League draft.

When the Giants drafted running back Saquon Barkley on Thursday, it looked like they chose to punt their search for their next franchise quarterback into the future. With five signal-callers going in Round 1, the Giants had their choice of four of them if they wanted, with only No. 1 overall Baker Mayfield unattainable for them. Of course, the Giants also could cut a player to make room for more new rookies.

Quarterback is an inherently more valuable position than running back, and the odds that Barkley will be so spectacular, that his effect will be so profound, that his presence will close the gap between the Giants and the Eagles is far-fetched.

Quarterback Kyle Lauletta of Richmond and defensive tackle R.J. McIntosh of Miami were right where the Giants felt they would be in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively.

"I think he's got all the traits, all the things you're looking for in a quarterback", Shurmur said.

A superb draft all-around for the Giants - something we haven't been able to say in recent years.

NY has two picks in the third round, the second and fifth overall. Even Barkley said that he struggled with the idea of being a vocal presence on a team whose 37-year-old quarterback has two Super Bowl rings.

As a product of trading Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants had an extra third-round pick and they managed to tackle two more needs in the third round. And there are sure to be head-to-head comparisons in the years ahead between Barkley and Sam Darnold, whom the Jets chose as their hoped-for savior one pick after Barkley.

This was an interesting move, especially for a team short on picks and one that took Webb in the third round past year.

In three seasons, Barkley finished as Penn State's second all-time leading rusher with 3,843 yards, including 1,271 this past season when he scored 138 points.

The next best-selling jerseys were first overall pick now-Cleveland Brown Baker Mayfield, former Oklahoma quarterback and this year's Heisman Trophy victor, and No. 3 pick now-New York Jet Sam Darnold, former USC quarterback.

Having both doubles the team's chances of maybe hitting it big with a future franchise quarterback.

The Giants finally addressed quarterback on Day 3 by taking a project in Lauletta out of Richmond.

"At the end of the day, a great player is a great player", Gettleman said. However, with Beckham Jr. back and healthy along with Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, the Giants have a competent - possibly explosive - passing game if they can give Eli Manning time to make decisions.

By the way, the last time the Giants had the No. 2 overall pick was in 1981. Then they worked to fortify a defense that faltered down the stretch last season, most notably in blowout losses to the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.