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Are the Giants taking Saquon Barkley at No. 2, or is it a smokescreen?

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The Giants could swing the top of the draft with their decision at No. 2.

The top ten picks of the 2018 NFL Draft could feature as many as four quarterbacks selected, and the New York Giants might be one of the keys to how that shakes up. Eli Manning is nearing the end of his career, and the Giants make sense as an option to draft a quarterback No. 2.

Of late though, rumors have been swirling that the team might draft Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Todd McShay said earlier this week that it was inevitable. He thinks Sam Darnold is the only quarterback they would consider at No. 2. There has been a lot of talk about Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen going No. 1 overall, so that could certainly change.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman chatted with the media this week, and he has offered all sorts of praise for Barkley. If the Giants want to push on this tail end of Eli Manning’s career, then a non-QB makes sense. But they also could be looking to convince somebody else to move up if that other team wants Barkley bad enough.

The Cleveland Browns and New York Jets seem like mortal locks to draft a QB at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively. I suspect one and possibly two more quarterbacks also go in the top ten picks, but you can make arguments for and against a lot of teams. The Buffalo Bills have been mentioned extensively as a potential trade-up candidate, and they might be ready to go all-in to get the Giants pick. The Arizona Cardinals also makes a lot of sense to move up, while the New England Patriots seem like a decent darkhorse candidate to move up into the top ten.

For now though, the New York Giants are the key to springing that early portion of the draft.