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gogiants : 1/29/2023 1:54 pm
Let me start off by saying this is not meant to be a should we pay Barkley or let him walk post. It is simply meant to highlight a need on the team and show some draft prospects that could fill it.

Here is a table of running backs in 2022 that rushed for 500 yards and had 50 receiving targets. The data is sorted by their percentage of 1st downs to targets. As you can see Barkley is at the bottom of the list with only a 13% ratio. You can see similar information comparing the yards/target numbers. The fact is that as a receiver Barkley does not match up well with other receiving high yardage backs.

The Giants backups are not used much in the passing game so difficult to know if they could fill that role. But one would assume that if they were exceptional in that ability they would be used. Here is the same data for the team. Though Brightwell has a exceptional 1st down/tgt ratio his yards/target are low if you look at the others in the NFL league table.

I hope they keep Barkley and sign him to a reasonable deal. What I also hope is that they draft a back that excels in receiving to complement Barkley. This is a good draft class for running backs. Here is a list of running back prospects that had a college career with 1000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving.

My favorite is Kenny McIntosh from Georgia. He has a high average yards per reception. Last season he had 515 yards gained after the catch which led all Running Backs as reported by PFF. On the season McIntosh has over 1,000 total yards with 709 rushing yards, 449 receiving yards and a combined 11 touchdowns.

However McIntosh has been moving up draft boards and may be a bit steep for the Giants to draft a RB2. Although with experience McIntosh looks like he could grow into an RB1. Draft network has McIntosh as a round 3 pick. Another prospect is Tyjae Spears of Tulane. Also shows a good average yards per reception. Tyjae was the Cotton Bowl MVP. In that bowl he passed the 200-yard mark on the ground and found the end zone four times. The draft network site has him as a round 4 prospect.

The following backs will be in the Shrine Bowl on Thursday
Xazavian Valladay
Travis Dye

The following backs will be in the Reese Senior Bowl
Chase Brown
Tyjae Spears
Eric Gray
Evan Hull
Kenny McIntosh

Here is a link to NFL data used

Ideal use for a late round pick!  
HopePhil and Optimistic : 1/29/2023 3:03 pm : link
We have 4 picks in rounds 6 and 7. Much better chance of getting a contributor at RB than at CB or OT for example.

Plus don't RB receiving skills translate more easily from college to pro, so less development or red shirt year on IR or practice squad as other positions?
Love Deuce Vaughn  
jeff57 : 1/29/2023 3:08 pm : link
Next Darren Sproles. Great third down back if nothing else.
RE: Love Deuce Vaughn  
MOOPS : 1/29/2023 3:38 pm : link
In comment 16017546 jeff57 said:
Next Darren Sproles. Great third down back if nothing else.

The Deuce is gonna make someone very happy. Custom made for a Fat Andy O.
Would love  
GoDeep13 : 1/29/2023 3:42 pm : link
One of
Or Spears

All can be lead backs imo
Kendra miller from TCU  
Earl the goat : 1/29/2023 7:07 pm : link
Not mentioned. Wow
Bijan Robinson will be the best RB in the NFL next year  
Milton : 1/29/2023 7:41 pm : link
My fear is that he lasts until the Eagles pick at #10.
Roschon Johnson of Texas  
Anakim : 1/29/2023 7:43 pm : link
Complete back and a very good receiver out of the backfield
Nice post and thank you.  
solarmike : 1/30/2023 4:55 pm : link
- Mike
RE: Nice post and thank you.  
gogiants : 1/30/2023 5:34 pm : link
In comment 16020196 solarmike said:
- Mike

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