III- New York Giants
Whenever the New York Giants have a running attack, their offense runs far more smoothly. It comes down to making veteran quarterback Eli Manning comfortable in the pocket. Since the GIants have the second pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, some are projecting Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to hear his name called at two.
But even if he does, the Giants would be wise to play the draft in such a way as to mitigate risk. Barkley at the two pick dictates he will start. But what if he simply isn’t ready when he gets there? What if he was a system runner, and needs the Giants to duplicate his former offensive playbook for his to play well at the NFL level.
Coleman can too
Lavon Coleman will be there on the roster to help aborb playing minture while coaches help Barkley figure things out. And Coleman would be all too happy to pick up some playing time with the starters if the opportunity arose. Coleman, like many players who get to the NFL, knows that the only security he will have in the NFL is the quality of his last football play.
So that brand of thinking helps to push rookies into risk-taking mode. And Coleman will certainly embrace that. After all, the rivalry from the Fiesta Bowl loss will not be easily pushed aside. But should the Giants not go with Barkley, they could still benefit from two running backs in this class. Coleman immediately delivers solid competion for playing minutes. And he adds the bonus of adding to special teams play. The Giants can select any other running back, but they will not find a better draft bargain