Giants general manager Dave Gettleman couldn’t hide his excitement Thursday night over having the chance to draft Penn State do-everything running back Saquon Barkle y.
We felt Saquon was the best player in the draft, Gettleman said Thursday night at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. In baseball, they call it a five-tool player. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to pick five tools, but I have not seen a guy like this in a long time and I have been around a long time. I have been doing this for 30-plus years.
With glaring needs remaining along the offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, and at wide receiver, the players Gettleman is able to come away with on Friday and Saturday to round out the NFL Draft will likely hold the key to how successful the Giants have the chance to be this season and beyond.
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The 21-year-old Torres, ranked the game’s sixth best prospect by Baseball America, and the 25-year-old Torreyes grew up about a half-hour apart in Venezuela. Torreyes hails from Libertador, right next to Torres’ hometown Caracas, the nation’s capital.
They knew of each other before the Yankees acquired Torres from the Cubs in a 2016 blockbuster that sent Aroldis Chapman to win a World Series title in Chicago.
They bonded when Torres cold called Torreyes a week after the trade.
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