Running backs drop by ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast
Chris has been profiling draft prospects and each time he has touched on a running back much of the reaction can be summed up this way: “A running back? Waste of time! The Giants have Saquon!”
On the most recent edition of the ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast we addressed the topic of whether or not the Giants might benefit from using a draft pick to supplement the running back position. We also talked to a couple of those mid- to late-round draft hopefuls, Ryquell Armstead of Temple and Qadree Ollison of Pitt. Armstead is The Draft Network’s 17th-ranked back in the 2019 draft class, and Ollison is No. 24.
So, would the Giants be crazy to draft a running back?
I don’t believe they would be. They currently have nine picks in the draft, with seven of those coming in Rounds 4-7. Once compensatory picks are announced, they could have 11 picks — with nine of those in the final four rounds.
I see no reason why they couldn’t, or shouldn’t, use a Day 3 selection on a running back. If they find a spot where a running back is the highest-graded player on their board I would have no problem with adding one.
We all can see how good Barkley is. We all know he will get the vast majority of the running back touches, as he should. He can’t, however, play every down. When he isn’t in the game, or if the unthinkable happens and he gets hurt, the Giants should want the best possible depth behind the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Wayne Gallman is a nice player. He is an adequate backup who can both run and receive decently. He is not, however, a dynamic play maker. His longest run in 162 NFL carries is 24 yards. The longest of his 48 receptions went for 21 yards. At 6-foot, 210 pounds, Gallman doesn’t fit the description of a powerful short-yardage runner, either.
If the Giants can find a player with a middle- or late-round pick who can add either power or breakaway ability as a runner or receiver to add depth behind Barkley, no one should have a problem with that. Adding good players and building depth at any position is never wrong, because injuries happen and you never truly know what your needs will be during the season.
Armstead and Ollison
Armstead is a 5-foot-11, 215-pound back who gained 1,098 yards on 210 carries for Temple in 2018 (5.2 yards per carry). The Millville, N.J. native also pulled a Nikita Whitlock, doubling as a part-time linebacker and registering a sack in 2018. Single-digit uniform numbers at Temple are reserved for team leaders, and Armstead wore No. 7.
Ollison had 1,000-yard seasons for Pitt as a freshman and as a senior. The only other Pitt backs to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons are James Connor, Tony Dorsett, LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis and Curvin Richards. The 6-2, 230-pound Ollison has played some fullback, H-Back and is an experienced special teams player.
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