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Saquon Barkley reportedly sold most jerseys ever by rookie on draft night

After all of the speculation around the New York Giants’ pick at No. 2 in the 2018 NFL Draft, the team went with Penn State star running back Saquon Barkley.

Barkley will be joining a Giants’ backfield that has been sub-par the past couple of years. Giving Barkley an opening to break out in his first season similar to Ezekiel Elliot in Dallas and Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville. Fans in the Big Apple are also feeling the excitement, illustrated by setting jersey sale records for the rookie running back.

“Barkley’s Giants jersey wasn’t just the best-selling jersey of the 2018 NFL draft, which is no small feat given that five quarterbacks went in the first round and are now seen as the future of their franchises. No, Barkley’s jersey sold better than any first-round pick in NFL draft history on draft night, according to a report from ESPN citing information from Fanatics, which runs the official NFL online shop.”

“Barkley’s jersey apparently toppled a record set by Johnny Manziel after he was picked by the Browns in the first round of the 2014 draft, though the report notes that Barkley had an advantage because of his earlier selection and the fact that Fanatics began jersey sales only minutes after the 21-year-old was drafted. Combine all that with a massive media market in New York and you have the potential for a sales bonanza.”

Barkley ran for 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground for the Nittany Lions in 2017. That outstanding season came off of a 2016 campaign where he rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground while leading Penn State to the Rose Bowl.

The Giants were 26th in the NFL in rushing yards last season. With that in mind, Giants fans have a right to be excited about their new backfield.