Saquon Barkley wants to be Browns' 'LeBron James'

"If you spend 10 minutes with Saquon you understand that he's going to be the face of a franchise". The assertion from Manning and his father, former National Football League quarterback Archie Manning, was that personnel decisions and organizational management concerns equated to San Diego not being a good franchise to play for at the time.

But Barkley's agent, Kim Miale, refuted SI's report via a text message response to Cleveland.com on Wednesday. But most mock drafts have Cleveland taking a quarterback with that No. 1 pick, and several have the Giants doing the same, causing some to wonder if Barkley might even drop outside the top five as front offices are often hesitant to use such a high pick on a player at his position.

With all those options, McShay reported that what he has heard points to Barkley beginning his career in the Giants backfield. Interestingly, the Browns did not invite Barkley to Berea for a pre-draft visit. "Any team that wants to draft me and bless me with the opportunity to play for their franchise is a blessing".

Cabot later noted that Roc Nation also represents Browns head coach Hue Jackson. And we feel very comfortable with what we know.

Some have projected the Giants to take a quarterback with Eli Manning facing the twilight of his career while others have focused in on the fact that new general manager David Gettleman has a history of picking defensive ends early, which could equal NY picking Georgia's Bradley Chubb.


Barkley, 5-foot-11, 230 pounds, rushed for 3,843 yards on 671 carries (5.7 average) and caught 102 passes for 1,195 yards (11.8 yard average) in three years at Penn State.

The Giants have the No. 2 pick. "He should be the first pick in the draft". Barkley would be a tempting pick if he is still on the board when the Browns pick fourth. "He displays burst to turn the corner and run away from pursuit when he catches daylight".

However, Barkley is open to going to Cleveland at No. 1 overall because he believes he could potentially bring a championship to the city and be hailed a hero in much the same way LeBron James was when he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first National Basketball Association title.

Peterson was drafted seventh overall by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007.

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