As a part of The Post’s 2021 NFL Draft preview, we study what the Giants would possibly do at every place. Thursday: Running again.
Could the Giants take a working again with certainly one of their six picks on this draft? Sure they could. Their roster will not be precisely stacked with them. They have Saquon Barkley, coming off reconstructive knee surgical procedure, and though he’s anticipated to be prepared for the beginning of the season, his workload should be fastidiously monitored. They have Devontae Booker, a 28-year-old signed in free company to function an skilled backup. That is about it after they didn’t make a play to retain Wayne Gallman, who, surprisingly, stays unsigned.
If Barkley returns to kind, each different working again on the roster is an understudy, as this isn’t a shared backfield in any sense. Barkley is a three-down again and taking him off the sphere on third down doesn’t occur — except he doesn’t progress as a pass-protector, which is without doubt one of the few flaws in his sport. Booker has by no means been a prolific runner — his finest season got here as a rookie in 2016 for the Broncos — however the Giants view him as an improve to Gallman. Plus, Booker can contribute on particular groups, one thing Gallman didn’t do.
The Giants won’t take a working again on Day 1 of the draft and it is going to be surprising in the event that they accomplish that on Day 2. They could go for one on Day 3, if some fascinating prospects akin to Javonte Williams (North Carolina), Michael Carter (North Carolina), Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis) or Trey Sermon (Ohio State) are on the board within the later rounds.