Penn State's Saquon Barkley picked No. 2 overall by the Giants

Screen shot via Saquon Barkley on Instagram Click

Screen shot via Saquon Barkley on Instagram Click

"If you remember, there was some concern about Adrian's shoulder and he was not picked until No. 7 (in 2007)", says Brandt, now a draft consultant for the league and analyst for SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Most of us will never know the answer, but fortunately, we have it thanks to Saquon Barkley.

The two likely will be linked for the rest of their careers after the Giants selected Barkley, a running back, and decided not to take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft Thursday night.

Watch it in the video below. He has quickness, speed, strength, character and can pass protect.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said he hasn't seen a player like Barkley in nearly three decades. Conversely, the Buffalo Bills' LeSean "Shady" McCoy was the only running back older than 28 ranked in the top 10 in rushing. Drafting a QB at No. 2 guarantees nothing. Many believed that the only quarterback Gettleman truly liked was USC's Sam Darnold - who the Jets selected at No. 3.

I have a better chance of winning the lottery than a trade like this going through, but in all honesty, it actually makes a ton of sense for everyone involved.

On the day declared as his own, Barkley was a guest of the Pa. House of Representatives in Harrisburg, where he was recognized with a resolution (H.R. 697) introduced by Rep. Jeanne McNeill (D-Lehigh), who represents his home district.

If you want to dig a little bit deeper into the history books, you can look at Earl Cambell, who measured in at 5-foot-11 and weighed 232 pounds.

It was the experience Barkley waited for since he was a child, one met with thunderous applause. Like I said, a lot of that is nonsense.

General manager Dave Gettleman said last month that he envisioned the Giants' selection eventually wearing a "gold jacket" as a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, emphasizing the importance of the decision for such a high draft pick.

"I'm just truly excited and honored to be part of the New York Giants", Barkley told ESPN's Suzy Kolber on stage after being drafted at AT&T Stadium. "She could have figured that one out". Like Johnson, Barkley is a better perimeter player than tackle-grinding inside runner, but an ideal fit for today's game.

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