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Make the Case: Nelson vs. Barkley


NFL Draft Experts debate if Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson or Penn State's Saquon Barkley would be a better fit for the Giants.

"Make the Case" is now in session on

In this series, we look at projections provided by two draft experts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on which player you would like the Giants to select second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Today, we look at one of the best running back prospects in recent memory and an offensive lineman who someday might be blocking for him in a Pro Bowl.

Be sure to vote and Make YOUR Case in the comments below!

Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame's Bucky Brooks, a former NFL player and scout, liked the 6-foot-5, 329-pound Notre Dame offensive lineman for the Giants. Nelson, who hails from New Jersey and grew up a Giants fan, played next to tackle Mike McGlinchey, another potential first-rounder, to make one of the most formidable left sides in college football.

Brooks: "New GM Dave Gettleman is all about the "hog mollies" (big guys), so he could bypass a quarterback of the future and a dynamic runner to add a Pro Bowl-caliber interior blocker to the roster."


Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Rob Rang of picked Barkley, who finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting this past year. He left Penn State as the school's all-time rushing touchdown (43) and total touchdown (53) record holder.

Rang: "The Giants ranked 31st in the NFL a year ago in scoring offense with just 15.4 points per game. It is easy to imagine that number jumping considerably with Barkley joining Odell Beckham, Jr. and Evan Engram to give Eli Manning the best set of weapons in the NFC East. Given the haul the Colts received in the Jets' aggressive trade up, do not be surprised if the Giants ultimately trade out of this pick to satisfy another QB-desperate team."

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