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Giants Make Saquon Barkley its Top Pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Geoff Block

A former Wall Street executive who worked with Crown Growth Partners, Geoff Block has served as manager of Bluffton, South Carolina's RLB Squared, LLC since 2013. Beyond his professional pursuits, Geoff Block is a passionate fan of the National Football League's (NFL) New York Giants.

The Giants entered the 2018 NFL Draft with the second overall pick and a desperate need to add an impact player on the offensive side of the ball. The team's first-year general manager, Dave Gettleman, accomplished just that as he opted to keep the pick as opposed to trading it and then used it to select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Over the course of the past two seasons, the Giants ranked 29th in average time of possession and Barkley should help significantly in that regard as he has elite-level skill running the ball, which keeps the clock moving.

Barkley finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting this past season after scoring 18 rushing touchdowns on 217 rush attempts for a total of 1,271 yards. He also caught 54 passes for 632 yards and three touchdowns. Despite entering the league with the pressure of a No. 2 pick, Barkley has the privilege of being mentored by veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, who the Giants signed earlier in the offseason. Last year, Stewart helped mentor another high-profile rookie quarterback, Christian McCaffrey, while playing for the Carolina Panthers.

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