Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is the oddsmakers’ favorite to be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, but that does not mean it is a forgone conclusion.
But if the Giants pass on Barkley and the Colts trade down, CBS Sports Senior Writer Will Brinson stated in his latest mock draft that Barkley could slip outside of the top 5. In that case, Brinson predicted Barkley would slide all the way to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 7.
Brinson further explains his reasoning below:
“This feels crazy. Barkley’s considered a potential top pick in this draft. But if the Colts trade down and the Giants don’t take him, he could fall. The Buccaneers cut Doug Martin and might swoop on this.”
In Brinson’s mock draft, the Giants will fill one of their main needs by drafting Notre Dame offensive lineman Quenton Nelson. The Buffalo Bills will then trade up, take the Colts’ No. 3 pick and draft USC quarterback Sam Darnold. That leaves the Colts with the No. 14 pick, and by that point, Barkley will already be off the board.
Obviously a lot has to happen for this scenario to occur, but it is not impossible.
And with the NFL draft still more than a month away, the speculation will only continue to grow.