USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC EAST -

Grade: B+

First-year GM Dave Get­tle­man stocked the trenches and found Eli Manning an elite run­ning back. Given Manning is 37 and there were needs else­where, Barkley might not have been the best value on the board at No. 2, but in Get­tle­man’s mind he was the best player in the draft — and best prospect over­all since 1998, when he gave Pey­ton Manning a 9.0 grade. Her­nan­dez is a hulk­ing guard and com­bined with Barkley helps es­tab­lish a new iden­tity for the of­fense. Of the three D-line­men, Hill’s ath­leti­cism will make him the stand­out rookie but Carter could close fast. McIn­tosh’s pass­rush base screams po­ten­tial.

Best pick

Will Her­nan­dez fin­ishes blocks and brings a se­ri­ous mean streak to this ma­ligned unit. Credit Get­tle­man for wran­gling the No. 2 in­te­rior of­fen­sive line­man — be­hind Notre Dame’s Quen­ton Nel­son — at the top of the sec­ond round.

Up­side pick

Kyle Lauletta could be a great value be­cause many eval­u­a­tors felt the Richmond passer would be a third-round pick af­ter his Se­nior Bowl per­for­mance in Jan­uary. With Manning locked in for at least an­other sea­son or two, Lauletta couldn’t be in a better de­vel­op­men­tal chute.



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