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Gil Brandt has graded 492 running backs over 60 years

BSIMatt : 5/2/2018 12:24 pm
Saquon Barkley has the highest grade he's ever given to a running back.

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Why should I not go No. 1?” Barkley asks. He genuinely wants an answer. With every other player in the draft class, he says, there’s a but. “With me, I can confidently say there is no but.” That’s why he thinks he’s different.

And Gil Brandt agrees. The legendary talent evaluator has worked in the NFL for 63 years, most notably as the vice president of player personnel for the Cowboys for three decades. He grades prospects on a nine-point system, broken down into five characteristics: character; quickness and agility; strength and explosion; competitiveness; and mental alertness. Over his career he has graded 492 running backs. Barkley ranks highest of them all.

“He has a 100% chance of being an All-Pro,” Brandt says. “He’s the best player in the draft.”

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RE: RE: SB can be a pro bowler for the next 5-7 seasons  
NYSports1 : 5/2/2018 2:14 pm : link
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It will still mean we blew the draft if Darnold, Allen, Rosen turn into franchise qbs and we are stuck with avaregare qb play going forward for the duration of SB career

If we find a franchise qb by trading 3 1st rounders or sign a Kirk Cousins type for big money and Darnold, Rosen, Allen are all franchise qbs's or 1 of them turns into a franchise qb then it will mean we screwed up

Only thing that will make the SB legit, is that he turns into a HOF type of back, Darnold blows and is not great or the other 2 and we draft a stud one in a couple of year or the back ups we have now turn into studs. That is the only way



Winning a Superbowl wouldn't?


Of course it will trump my argument. But I said going forward if we get average qb play which means no shot at winning super bowl. You not winning a sb with average at best qb play
RE: RE: RE: SB can be a pro bowler for the next 5-7 seasons  
Bill L : 5/2/2018 2:15 pm : link
In comment 13951013 NYSports1 said:
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It will still mean we blew the draft if Darnold, Allen, Rosen turn into franchise qbs and we are stuck with avaregare qb play going forward for the duration of SB career

If we find a franchise qb by trading 3 1st rounders or sign a Kirk Cousins type for big money and Darnold, Rosen, Allen are all franchise qbs's or 1 of them turns into a franchise qb then it will mean we screwed up

Only thing that will make the SB legit, is that he turns into a HOF type of back, Darnold blows and is not great or the other 2 and we draft a stud one in a couple of year or the back ups we have now turn into studs. That is the only way



Winning a Superbowl wouldn't?



Of course it will trump my argument. But I said going forward if we get average qb play which means no shot at winning super bowl. You not winning a sb with average at best qb play
Peyton?
McMahon?  
Bill L : 5/2/2018 2:15 pm : link
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That was a very interesting article... my only concern, if I have one,  
baadbill : 5/2/2018 2:20 pm : link
is that he is being carefully managed... and I just hope the managed image is also the real Saquon
RE: When i first saw his footage i thought Barry sanders  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 2:21 pm : link
In comment 13950973 twostepgiants said:
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But then i watched Barry highlights and looked at his stats

2638 yards with 37 TDs and a 7.4 you. That’s one season!

Barkleys 1134 yds and 18 TDs and 5.7 ypc pale in comprison

Im not sure how anyone grades out higher than Barry and that is a knock on Barkley.


When you look at Ricky Williams' numbers you'll get the same reaction, and he wasn't exactly playing behind great linemen either.
RE: RE: RE: RE: SB can be a pro bowler for the next 5-7 seasons  
Danny80 : 5/2/2018 2:24 pm : link
In comment 13951004 Big Blue '56 said:
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It will still mean we blew the draft if Darnold, Allen, Rosen turn into franchise qbs and we are stuck with avaregare qb play going forward for the duration of SB career

If we find a franchise qb by trading 3 1st rounders or sign a Kirk Cousins type for big money and Darnold, Rosen, Allen are all franchise qbs's or 1 of them turns into a franchise qb then it will mean we screwed up

Only thing that will make the SB legit, is that he turns into a HOF type of back, Darnold blows and is not great or the other 2 and we draft a stud one in a couple of year or the back ups we have now turn into studs. That is the only way



Winning a Superbowl wouldn't?



I still think the Super Bowl metric for franchise QB is a bit overrated and not a great metric. I think a better metric of whether someone is a franchise QB is whether he has you in playoff contention every year that he is healthy and on the field. A bad team around him is still a playoff contender, a bad team without him has a bad losing record. A pretty good team around him and there's a chance for a deep run in the playoffs or a Super Bowl.

To me, that's the best metric. Not even the greatest QB is going to go to or win a Super Bowl without a good team around him. But a franchise QB is someone who by himself puts his team in playoff contention and if you can add some good pieces around him, he can take the team far into the playoffs.

That's my problem with running backs. Although I love the running back position and think it is an important position -- aside from LT (the Giants one), Barry Sanders is my favorite player of all time -- there's really only been one team that I can recall since 2000 that has won a Super Bowl without a franchise caliber QB: the Baltimore Ravens (Trent Dilfer who was a top 10 pick in the draft, with Jamaal Lewis), and they had perhaps the best defense of all time. More important than that though, I can't think of any great running backs since 1990 who have consistently year in and year out had their teams in the playoffs or at least playoff contention throughout their career, unless they had a franchise QB playing alongside them. The reason, to me, seems to be that you need far more pieces around a RB to make the team very good than you need around a QB, and in modern free agency, it's really hard to keep those pieces together, not to mention the fact that it's rare that a RB plays 10 years in the NFL without his skills deteriorating significantly. Even some of the best of the best, LaDanian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson, became only part time running backs after 8-9 years or so. And Emmett Smith, whose career was maybe the longest of all great RBs, only had two 1,000 yard rushing seasons after his tenth year in the league, and never again averaged 4.0 yards per carry or more after his his 11th year. And given how big defenders are now, I'm not sure that Emmett's longevity can be reproduced almost twenty years later.

So if Eli were a running back, his career most likely would have been over by 2014 or 2015, yet here we are thinking he has "years" left.

A great defense can take you to the playoffs and beyond, but in modern free agency and the rules being what they are now, it is so much easier to make a single franchise QB the cornerstone of your team for a decade plus, and build some good pieces around him for 4 years at a time, then to build a dominant defense and keep it together for more than a few years at best. As it stands now, it looks like this might be the last year that the Jaguars have a top defense, with several key players coming up on free agency next year. Maybe the same with Denver.



Foles this past season. Also, just getting to the championship game or losing in the SB with decent, but not great QBs, cannot be glossed over.


True, but Foles only had to win a handful of games. He played very well in those games, but he didn't take the team through a 16 game schedule to get them that home field advantage in the playoffs. I think Foles and Hostetler have to fall in a different category because they weren't the ones who really put their teams in that position from the beginning of the season. But with Foles and the Eagles, they ended up winning with a tandem of running backs, similar to what the Patriots do so well. I still like having a featured back, but teams seem to be able to win more frequently without one than without a franchise QB.

I'd have to look at how many teams got to a Super Bowl and lost with good, but not great QBs. But still, to me at least, the most important factor is whether the QB, RB or any other player has the team in playoff contention year after year throughout their career. If a team goes to one NFC championship game with a great RB, very good defense and average QB, but then doesn't go to the playoffs for another 4 or 5 years, that means he wasn't able to elevate his team to a playoff level year after year despite his talents as a RB.
RE: RE: It's weird that people seem to recoil  
Ten Ton Hammer : 5/2/2018 2:29 pm : link
In comment 13950876 UConn4523 said:
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at the idea of someone being skeptical of a player receiving this much hype.



It’s fine to be skeptical, but you should be skeptical of every player in this draft then.


And the knowledgeable fan is, within reason. But not every player in this draft is being labeled as "a generational player" the "best RB prospect in 25 years" "touched by the hand of god" or being compared to any number of the greatest runningbacks in the history of the sport.
RE: RE: When i first saw his footage i thought Barry sanders  
BSIMatt : 5/2/2018 2:42 pm : link
In comment 13951032 Greg from LI said:
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But then i watched Barry highlights and looked at his stats

2638 yards with 37 TDs and a 7.4 you. That’s one season!

Barkleys 1134 yds and 18 TDs and 5.7 ypc pale in comprison

Im not sure how anyone grades out higher than Barry and that is a knock on Barkley.




When you look at Ricky Williams' numbers you'll get the same reaction, and he wasn't exactly playing behind great linemen either.


Actually you won’t, Ricky Williams played 4 years at Texas. Barkley beats him across the board through Williams junior year.
Bullshit he does  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 3:01 pm : link
Through junior year? You mean, including Ricky Williams' 1893 yard/6.8 YPC/25 TD season, which blows away anything Saquon Barkley ever did at Pedo State? And before you start stammering about how terrible his line was, 1997 UT was a bad team (4-7) with no passing game to speak of (UT threw all of 7 touchdown passes all season, one of which was thrown by Ricky Williams). I can't say I'm intimately familiar with their OL, but none of their 1997 linemen played in the NFL.
RE: What kind of a career he would have to have to justify the selection  
BestFeature : 5/2/2018 3:09 pm : link
In comment 13950817 Ten Ton Hammer said:
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compared against players they could have chosen instead is a legitimate topic however. If they weren't in love with one of these Quarterbacks, and any of them goes on to be excellent, then their evaluations were wrong. It would take an Adrian Peterson sort of career to be more valuable than a franchise quarterback. And even that is probably something some would argue.


The thing is something that people seem to forget is that this is not the last draft ever. Even if the next QB we get won't be as good as Darnold, if our QB guru coach can identify and teach a solid if not spectacular QB, that QB and Barkley might well be better than a better QB and no Barkley.
RE: McMahon?  
T-Bone : 5/2/2018 3:12 pm : link
In comment 13951017 Bill L said:
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Brad Johnson?

Big Ben (first SB win)?

I'll only speak for myself but I'm all in on this cat. I'm going to have to be shown that he's NOT worth the hype in order to believe it.
By the way... LOVE this line...  
T-Bone : 5/2/2018 3:15 pm : link
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Less of something great is better than more of something good.
Don't buy it  
Thegratefulhead : 5/2/2018 3:22 pm : link
Doesn't matter what anyone does. You make your pick with information you have. No one has a crystal ball. Butterfly flaps its wings in Australia and sets off a series of events that cause a freak ice storm in the USA in 2 months and one these guys falls down and shatters his skull. It has nothing to do with the draft. This kid was the highest rated player in the last 10 years. Solid pick, end of story. Doesn't matter what any of the QBs do, they all had legit flaws, SB did not, solid pick. You research the site, I was a heavy QB guy. I wanted Rosen or Mayfield, but I cannot knock this pick.
RE: Don't buy it  
T-Bone : 5/2/2018 3:27 pm : link
In comment 13951179 Thegratefulhead said:
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Doesn't matter what anyone does. You make your pick with information you have. No one has a crystal ball. Butterfly flaps its wings in Australia and sets off a series of events that cause a freak ice storm in the USA in 2 months and one these guys falls down and shatters his skull. It has nothing to do with the draft. This kid was the highest rated player in the last 10 years. Solid pick, end of story. Doesn't matter what any of the QBs do, they all had legit flaws, SB did not, solid pick. You research the site, I was a heavy QB guy. I wanted Rosen or Mayfield, but I cannot knock this pick.


Agree.

The draft is about acquiring the best available talent on your team... not selecting a particular position with the hope that that player becomes a great player.
RE: Bullshit he does  
BSIMatt : 5/2/2018 3:30 pm : link
In comment 13951128 Greg from LI said:
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Through junior year? You mean, including Ricky Williams' 1893 yard/6.8 YPC/25 TD season, which blows away anything Saquon Barkley ever did at Pedo State? And before you start stammering about how terrible his line was, 1997 UT was a bad team (4-7) with no passing game to speak of (UT threw all of 7 touchdown passes all season, one of which was thrown by Ricky Williams). I can't say I'm intimately familiar with their OL, but none of their 1997 linemen played in the NFL.


Stammering? Barkley out produced Williams freshman through junior year, more yardage and more touchdowns. Go look it up.
RE: RE: What kind of a career he would have to have to justify the selection  
Ten Ton Hammer : 5/2/2018 3:31 pm : link
In comment 13951150 BestFeature said:
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The thing is something that people seem to forget is that this is not the last draft ever. Even if the next QB we get won't be as good as Darnold, if our QB guru coach can identify and teach a solid if not spectacular QB, that QB and Barkley might well be better than a better QB and no Barkley.


Your point is a valid one. However what I would say to that is Shurmur himself is pretty unproven as a head coach.

RE: RE: Bullshit he does  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 3:38 pm : link
In comment 13951193 BSIMatt said:
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Stammering? Barkley out produced Williams freshman through junior year, more yardage and more touchdowns. Go look it up.


Williams through his junior year: 4155 yards, 6.4 YPC, 45 TDs
Barkley: 3843 yards, 5.7 YPC, 43 TDs

You were saying?
If we're going by college production,  
Go Terps : 5/2/2018 3:40 pm : link
I'll say it again there was a quarterback in this draft that outrushed and outscored Barkley in fewer rushing attempts.

I wonder if Gettleman gave any consideration to trading up for Jackson once we had drafted Barkley. Talk about speed on offense:

Jackson
Barkley
Beckham
Engram
RE: RE: RE: Bullshit he does  
Brown Recluse : 5/2/2018 3:41 pm : link
In comment 13951218 Greg from LI said:
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Stammering? Barkley out produced Williams freshman through junior year, more yardage and more touchdowns. Go look it up.



Williams through his junior year: 4155 yards, 6.4 YPC, 45 TDs
Barkley: 3843 yards, 5.7 YPC, 43 TDs

You were saying?


Total yardage.
Was Brandt out of the country in 1988?  
bw in dc : 5/2/2018 3:43 pm : link
I saw something in Stillwater that year that was anything but normal...
RE: If we're going by college production,  
Bill L : 5/2/2018 3:45 pm : link
In comment 13951228 Go Terps said:
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I'll say it again there was a quarterback in this draft that outrushed and outscored Barkley in fewer rushing attempts.

I wonder if Gettleman gave any consideration to trading up for Jackson once we had drafted Barkley. Talk about speed on offense:

Jackson
Barkley
Beckham
Engram


Would that have been wise? I mean they did lose that opportunity, but if they made it through that last pick, then Cleveland wasn't picking him. They lost the gamble (if their desire wold have been to pick him) but any resources would have been a lot to give to move essentially one place.
RE: RE: When i first saw his footage i thought Barry sanders  
Thegratefulhead : 5/2/2018 3:47 pm : link
In comment 13951032 Greg from LI said:
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But then i watched Barry highlights and looked at his stats

2638 yards with 37 TDs and a 7.4 you. That’s one season!

Barkleys 1134 yds and 18 TDs and 5.7 ypc pale in comprison

Im not sure how anyone grades out higher than Barry and that is a knock on Barkley.




When you look at Ricky Williams' numbers you'll get the same reaction, and he wasn't exactly playing behind great linemen either.
Barkley's measurables beat them both. Better blocker and receiver than both. Sanders was a solid character guy, but his rhythm beat to a different drum. Williams had issues. I think Barkley's character is better than both as well. They both had him in rushing production for sure. I think you can make an argument for Barkley being a better prospect than either and someone traded an entire draft for Williams.
no one was talking about total yardage  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 3:47 pm : link
if that's what this guy was trying to say, then he should say so.

But fine. 5038/6.5 yards per touch/51 TDs for Barkley, 4820 yards/6.6 yards per touch/47 TDs for Ricky. 213 yards and 4 TDs spread out over 3 years. Big fucking deal.

Sadly, Ricky wasn't touched by the hand of God, though.
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Go Terps : 5/2/2018 3:48 pm : link
In comment 13951243 Bill L said:
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I'll say it again there was a quarterback in this draft that outrushed and outscored Barkley in fewer rushing attempts.

I wonder if Gettleman gave any consideration to trading up for Jackson once we had drafted Barkley. Talk about speed on offense:

Jackson
Barkley
Beckham
Engram



Would that have been wise? I mean they did lose that opportunity, but if they made it through that last pick, then Cleveland wasn't picking him. They lost the gamble (if their desire wold have been to pick him) but any resources would have been a lot to give to move essentially one place.


I don't know. They wouldn't have had to trade as much as Baltimore did, as Philly would only have moved down two spots.
RE: RE: RE: Bullshit he does  
BSIMatt : 5/2/2018 3:58 pm : link
In comment 13951218 Greg from LI said:
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Stammering? Barkley out produced Williams freshman through junior year, more yardage and more touchdowns. Go look it up.



Williams through his junior year: 4155 yards, 6.4 YPC, 45 TDs
Barkley: 3843 yards, 5.7 YPC, 43 TDs

You were saying?



Leaving out receiving yardage, would favor Ricky.

Williams: 711 plays, 4820 yards, 47 touchdowns 6.78ypp
Barkley: 773 plays 5038 yards 51 touchdowns, 6.52 ypp

So, yeah, I was saying.

Also, four lineman from Texas were drafted during Ricky's time, including All american's Dan Neil, and Leonard Davis(2 x outland finalist).

Stammer on...
Leonard Davis didn't play OL until Ricky's senior year  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 4:03 pm : link
Which we were setting aside, remember? He was a DT as a freshman in 1997. Dan Neil was a senior when Ricky was a sophomore so, again, my point about the line in 1997 stands.
As to the others  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 4:06 pm : link
John Elmore played on the 1995 Longhorns, when Ricky was a freshman. Was drafted, never made an NFL roster. Jay Humphrey was the same class as Ricky. Again, was drafted but never made a roster. So, yeah, the OLs he ran behind at Texas were nothing special.
Greg  
BestFeature : 5/2/2018 4:16 pm : link
Do you make any posts that aren't made just to argue with everyone? Seems like you're just looking for a reason to argue.
I state my opinions and defend them the best I can  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 4:23 pm : link
Isn't that the purpose of a message board? I wasn't aware that this was supposed to be a circle jerk where we all exalt the almighty Saquon Barkley, God's chosen running back.
But can you even say "Penn State" without  
Brown Recluse : 5/2/2018 4:25 pm : link
inserting "Pedo?" :)
RE: Don't buy it  
Ten Ton Hammer : 5/2/2018 4:28 pm : link
In comment 13951179 Thegratefulhead said:
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Doesn't matter what anyone does. You make your pick with information you have. No one has a crystal ball. Butterfly flaps its wings in Australia and sets off a series of events that cause a freak ice storm in the USA in 2 months and one these guys falls down and shatters his skull. It has nothing to do with the draft. This kid was the highest rated player in the last 10 years. Solid pick, end of story. Doesn't matter what any of the QBs do, they all had legit flaws, SB did not, solid pick. You research the site, I was a heavy QB guy. I wanted Rosen or Mayfield, but I cannot knock this pick.


You can knock the pick if the professionals entrusted with the long-term health of the franchise picked the wrong player. Not end of story. The story ends years from now. Sometimes GMs fall in love with players and they make the wrong choice because of it. Just like Ernie Accorsi had his mind made up in 2004. And if Eli had flamed out in 2007, that would have been the wrong choice too.
RE: But can you even say  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 4:41 pm : link
In comment 13951314 Brown Recluse said:
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inserting "Pedo?" :)


Hey, don't blame me - I didn't make them cover up child rape, nor am I the one to blame for abominations like this:



RE: We are setting up the kid to fail....  
djm : 5/2/2018 5:01 pm : link
In comment 13950823 George from PA said:
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With so much hype.


Hype doesn’t cause a player to fail. Lack of talent and desire and work ethic does.
Why are some of you using collegiate stats  
djm : 5/2/2018 5:08 pm : link
As some kind of equalizer to determine which qb has (had) more potential?

RE: I state my opinions and defend them the best I can  
djm : 5/2/2018 5:13 pm : link
In comment 13951312 Greg from LI said:
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Isn't that the purpose of a message board? I wasn't aware that this was supposed to be a circle jerk where we all exalt the almighty Saquon Barkley, God's chosen running back.


You’ve gotten a little weird. One of my favorite posters but to me you immediately just hated gettleman from the jump and can’t seem to get behind anything this franchise does lately. Whatever works, it’s just odd to see some fans fight showing any optimism tooth as hard as you are. It actually bothers you that our GM and many others think Barkley is a once in a lifetime prospect. Why? These guys aren’t making shit up.
RE: Why are some of you using collegiate stats  
djm : 5/2/2018 5:14 pm : link
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As some kind of equalizer to determine which qb has (had) more potential?


Rb.
RE: RE: RE: RE: Bullshit he does  
chopperhatch : 5/2/2018 5:24 pm : link
In comment 13951232 Brown Recluse said:
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Stammering? Barkley out produced Williams freshman through junior year, more yardage and more touchdowns. Go look it up.



Williams through his junior year: 4155 yards, 6.4 YPC, 45 TDs
Barkley: 3843 yards, 5.7 YPC, 43 TDs

You were saying?



Total yardage.


Here we go again. Is this the same unreal talent that lost every big game he had ever played. Jackson was a numbers freak.

Yet you know more than THE ENTIRE LEAGUE who considered Barkley tje best player in the whole draft and Jackson who almost slipped out of the whole first round.

I cant wait to see him play in the NFL if gor no other reason than to see him middle while picking a few games to put up some numbers and string together highlights while flopping during huge match ups and getting the Ravens nowhere. Actually, no that would suck because then you will literally never shut up about him.
um, what?  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 5:27 pm : link
Who are you talking about?
RE: As to the others  
Knee of Theismann : 5/2/2018 6:29 pm : link
In comment 13951289 Greg from LI said:
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John Elmore played on the 1995 Longhorns, when Ricky was a freshman. Was drafted, never made an NFL roster. Jay Humphrey was the same class as Ricky. Again, was drafted but never made a roster. So, yeah, the OLs he ran behind at Texas were nothing special.


Greg,

You seem very intent on proving some point that Williams should have undoubtedly been rated higher than Barkley coming out of college. You could possibly make an argument he should have been rated higher, but it is not far-fetched that someone might have rated Barkley higher than Williams...

When we're talking about rating a prospect, we have to look at the whole player, not just yards-per-rush. Actually, through three years of playing, in terms of total touches, yards, and touchdowns, the two players had extremely similar totals. Barkley happens to be more prolific as a receiver, which I think would give him a slight edge because it is an added dimension to his game (not just coming out of the backfield, but lining up in the slot and running routes as well, which is rare for a RB to be so good at). He's also a terrific pass-blocker and return man, and had ZERO red flags in terms of character, which I don't think the same could be said about Williams.

The point of this whole thread was regarding Gil Brandt's overall draft rating of RBs coming into the NFL, not a discussion about who had the most total rushing yards in college. If the discussion was regarding the latter, then yes, I agree with you, Ricky Williams had more rushing yards than Saquon Barkley. But I don't know why you would choose giving Ricky Williams the highest rating of a draft prospect ever as your hill to die on, because if you would have rated him higher than Marshall Faulk or LDT coming out of college (as perhaps some people did) you ultimately would have turned out wrong.
it's a simple point  
Greg from LI : 5/2/2018 6:37 pm : link
The ZOMG HE'S THE GREATEST EVER AND WILL ABSOLUTELY BE AMAZING happy talk that's going on now is ridiculous. That's why I keep saying "we'll see". The value of the position is relatively low - even great backs tend to wear down quickly relative to other positions, and I don't think the margin separating him from, say, Guice or Chubb is so great as to make picking him #2 overall a quality use of resources.
Of course it’s a we’ll see  
djm : 5/2/2018 6:41 pm : link
I guess I’m just more of a dreamer.

Can’t deny his talents. He’s hyped up to the heavens for a reason.
Stop whining about QBs  
Paul326 : 5/2/2018 8:40 pm : link
All the top rated QBs in this draft had serious question marks by their names.If these guys were so sure fire why wasn't anybody making an offer the Giants simply couldn't refuse for the #2 pick? No one was calling any of them generational players. 2004 QB class this group is not. We drafted the consensus #1 player in the 2018 draft class who has been called that generational player.
RE: it's a simple point  
Bill L : 5/2/2018 10:15 pm : link
In comment 13951544 Greg from LI said:
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The ZOMG HE'S THE GREATEST EVER AND WILL ABSOLUTELY BE AMAZING happy talk that's going on now is ridiculous. That's why I keep saying "we'll see". The value of the position is relatively low - even great backs tend to wear down quickly relative to other positions, and I don't think the margin separating him from, say, Guice or Chubb is so great as to make picking him #2 overall a quality use of resources.
I don’t know...the impression I got from this draft is that Guice isn’t long for this league.
What a picture !  
Manny in CA : 5/2/2018 11:23 pm : link

RE: Stop whining about QBs  
Danny80 : 5/2/2018 11:39 pm : link
In comment 13951750 Paul326 said:
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All the top rated QBs in this draft had serious question marks by their names.If these guys were so sure fire why wasn't anybody making an offer the Giants simply couldn't refuse for the #2 pick? No one was calling any of them generational players. 2004 QB class this group is not. We drafted the consensus #1 player in the 2018 draft class who has been called that generational player.


I don't think it's fair to say this class of QBs is definitely not the 2004 class. Every QB in the 2004 class had question marks/red flags too.

Eli had a ho hum personality and only above average arm strength. Questions abounded whether he would have been a projected #1 pick if his last name wasn't Manning. Ben

Roethlisberger was coming from a small school as a junior, raw and potentially a bust -- he went #11 in the draft after all, people seem to forget that.

And Philip Rivers had the terrible throwing motion and questionable arm strength, and had to be a "scheme fit" who wouldn't be for everyone.

Hindsight is always 20/20, but the 2004 class was not the 2004 class when they were drafted.

Not taking a quarterback was not in the best interests  
SB 42 and 46 and ? : 5/3/2018 12:27 am : link
of the franchise, but it was in the best interest of me, a fan of such an age that I'm not looking ahead 10-15 years.

Now there is something to look forward to next season. If they protect Eli, a big IF, he should be serviceable enough.

In finding a new star quarterback, you are always playing the odds. The odds would have been at their best had they taken a quarterback with the second pick, but like the Cowboys we may be lucky and have the clouds part and our next QB fall out of the sky.
RE: Not taking a quarterback was not in the best interests  
Bill L : 5/3/2018 7:53 am : link
In comment 13952081 SB 42 and 46 and ? said:
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of the franchise, but it was in the best interest of me, a fan of such an age that I'm not looking ahead 10-15 years.

Now there is something to look forward to next season. If they protect Eli, a big IF, he should be serviceable enough.

In finding a new star quarterback, you are always playing the odds. The odds would have been at their best had they taken a quarterback with the second pick, but like the Cowboys we may be lucky and have the clouds part and our next QB fall out of the sky.
The odds argument really only applies to dumb , random chance. It very much ignores whether or not you've done research or have knowledge or experience. It's like picking a card and saying you have a 50-50 chance at a red card or black suited card. However, if you've been watching them flip cards over and the first 26 cards turned over were red, then you have more confidence in picking a black-suited card.
Cmon, seriously FiredbytheBoss has forgotten more football  
PatersonPlank : 5/3/2018 11:25 am : link
than Brandt ever knew.
RE: it's a simple point  
Big_Blue_in_the_Bronx : 5/3/2018 11:37 am : link
In comment 13951544 Greg from LI said:
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The ZOMG HE'S THE GREATEST EVER AND WILL ABSOLUTELY BE AMAZING happy talk that's going on now is ridiculous. That's why I keep saying "we'll see". The value of the position is relatively low - even great backs tend to wear down quickly relative to other positions, and I don't think the margin separating him from, say, Guice or Chubb is so great as to make picking him #2 overall a quality use of resources.


Guice and Chubb are the 'run of the mill' fairly high end Rbs you see almost every draft. Sure they can play at a nice level and complement your team but they aren't game changers.

Its like the difference from having a quality receiver like Amani Toomer vs and Odell Beckham. One is a game changer the other is a strong talent.

Adrian Peterson was a game changer. Barkley is graded at that level.

RE: Leonard Davis didn't play OL until Ricky's senior year  
BSIMatt : 5/3/2018 11:40 am : link
In comment 13951282 Greg from LI said:
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Which we were setting aside, remember? He was a DT as a freshman in 1997. Dan Neil was a senior when Ricky was a sophomore so, again, my point about the line in 1997 stands.

I was talking production in college, I said through his junior year.

Even still setting aside, freshman and soph campaigns...
Jay Humphrey played on the 1996(with Dan Neil), 1997 and 1998(with Leonard Davis) lines and , was outland finalist, an all american and was drafted and played in the NFL for 5 years.

Not even trying to nitpick Ricky Williams because I thought he was a fantastic runningback and made first team all pro. If his head was on straight his career could have been much different.

However, even if you strictly want to focus on just the junior campaign, Barkely is still right there..it's not as if Williams is in some otherwordly stratosphere...

Ricky had 2043 yards from scrimmage and 25 TDS for 6.8 yards per play.

Barkely had 1903 yards from scrimmage and 23 TDS(21 rush/rec plus two kick return tds) for 7.0 yards per play.

Pretty comparable. Williams had 140 more yards from scrimmage on 28 more touches, and 2 more touchdowns, Barkley had a shade higher average.
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