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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley felt that college teammate Trace McSorley was disrespected at the NFL Scouting Combine.

New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley has his former teammate’s back.

This weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley competed in numerous drills with other aspiring NFL quarterbacks. Participating in the same drills as Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins and Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, along with numerous others, McSorley isn’t nearing the top of the quarterback prospect list in this year’s draft.

Some teams would agree with that as well.

McSorley was asked to participate in numerous defensive back drills at the combine this past weekend. Some teams apparently believe he could succeed more as a pro at that position than he would at quarterback. McSorley didn’t believe that though, as he declined any and all requests and stuck to his guns as a quarterback.

Barkley had some words regarding the situation and decided to chime in on Twitter.

McSorley and Barkley were teammates at Penn State from 2015-2017. In that time, Barkley always spoke very highly of his quarterback and still has his back to this day. During his rookie season, Barkley said that McSorley was “the greatest to ever put on a Penn State uniform.”

McSorley, most certainly, won’t be a top quarterback in the NFL Draft pool. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if a team took him in the later rounds to work as a backup for them.

And no, the Giants will not be looking to draft him (save for an unexpected late-round flyer), regardless of his connection to Barkley. As far as the quarterbacks are concerned, the Giants have their eyes on and are closely scouting Haskins, Murray and Duke QB Daniel Jones.

Big Blue could shy away from picking a quarterback in the first round if they wanted to though. They could definitely look towards drafting a pass-rusher or even a safety to replace Landon Collins.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.