Barkley is seen as a generational running back in the mold of Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley.
According to Baskin, Barkley's agents have gone as far as advising Barkley to refuse to play in Cleveland, but Barkley "never considered" that route as an option.
As part of a profile in Sports Illustrated, SI's Ben Baskin wrote that Barkley's Roc Nation representatives don't want him in Cleveland and have gone as far as to "pull an Eli Manning" and tell the Browns to pass on him.
"I've heard really strongly that there are important people in that building who believe in Saquon Barkley the player, that that's what they want to be", McShay added.
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The Giants have several ways they can go with the No. 2 pick. His manager even implored him to pull an Eli Manning and demand that the Browns not draft him.
Many mock drafts have Barkley going to the Giants with the second pick, but the Giants could end up trading the pick to Buffalo or another team looking for a quarterback, or the Giants could draft a quarterback. "We know he will be a resounding success for any team fortunate enough to select him".
If the Browns select Barkley and a quarterback with their first two picks to bolster an offense that already features running back Carlos Hyde as well as wide receivers Josh Gordon, Jarvis Landry and Corey Coleman, the stage would be set for a massive turnaround after the team ranked 24th in total offense a year ago and went 0-16.
USC quarterback Sam Darnold was also rumored to have said something to that effect during the season, though he strenuously denied it. The top prospect on our board, Barkley projects as a Day 1 every-down back with the elite talent and elite intangibles to become a franchise-changing player.