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Justin Tuck: Giants should take Saquon Barkley with No. 2 pick in NFL Draft

The Giants’ former All-Pro defensive end doesn’t think they should take a quarterback because he says 37-year-old Eli Manning has multiple years left in him.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley stretches at

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley stretches at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on March 2, 2018. Photo Credit: AP / Michael Conroy

The Giants own the No. 2 pick in next month’s draft. Shouldn’t that pick be a quarterback to someday succeed Eli Manning? Not in Justin Tuck’s eyes.

“As a matter of fact, I think it shouldn’t be,” the Giants’ former All-Pro defensive end said Tuesday at the Manhattan rollout for the new Alliance of American Football league. “But that’s my opinion.”

Tuck’s choice would be a particular running back, if he’s still available.

“I’m just going to go out and say it,” Tuck said. “I like Barkley.” As in Bronx-born, Penn State star Saquon Barkley.

“I think he gives them so many options as a third-down back, as a guy that takes a lot of pressure off an O-line and make guys miss, but also add value in the pass game for Eli out of the backfield. A New York product. I think he’s the most dynamic player in the draft right now. But (general manager Dave) Gettleman, he has a lot of options at two.”

Tuck thinks the 37-year-old Manning has multiple years left in him.

“Every time something has happened to make people doubt Eli or question his ability,” Tuck said, “he’s come back in a really, really big fashion.”

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