New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley speaks highly of Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.
On Monday, TMZ Sports caught up with Barkley, the New York Giants rookie running back who’s headed to the Pro Bowl in a couple weeks. Barkley was asked about Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray’s decision to declare for the NFL draft on Monday. Saquon spoke highly of the Heisman Trophy winner.
“I got to personally play with him in The Opening in high school — I played 7-on-7 with him,” Barkley said. “So, I know what he’s about and I know how talented he is.”
Barkley attended Whitehall High School in Pennsylvania, with Murray attending Allen High School in Texas.
When the conversation progressed towards if Murray should replace current Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Barkley showed a more reserved side. “That’s above my pay grade,” the potential offensive rookie of the year said.
Murray declaring for the draft may change the Giants draft plans. If there was a quarterback to take, many had their eye on Ohio State University quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Just last week, Haskins posted a now-deleted tweet of himself photoshopped in a Giants jersey. With the five teams ahead of the Giants in the draft all having long-term plans at quarterback, Big Blue could have the chance to snag either. However, Barkley sees light in every quarterback available.
“I think there’s a lot of talented quarterbacks in the class and all those guys have a great future,” Barkley said.
The NFL Draft, of course, isn’t until April. Until then, we can only wait and see if the Giants will take a quarterback. Both Haskins and Murray would be great picks to be the eventual successor to Manning.