Saquon Barkley's agent denies report about trying to avoid Browns

According to Baskin, Barkley's agents have gone as far as advising Barkley to refuse to play in Cleveland, but Barkley "never considered" that route as an option. Should a running back be taken first overall?

The optics that would come with pulling an Eli Manning and demanding a draft day trade wouldn't be all too good in today's social media age.

In an SI cover story, Ben Baskin writes Penn State RB Saquon Barkley's "handlers" at Roc Nation "don't want him in Cleveland".

"As Saquon's I can say on behalf of our entire team that we would be thrilled for Saquon to go to whichever team drafts him", his agent, Kim Miale told cleveland.com in a text response.

The Giants have the No. 2 pick. At least Rosen's own college coach thinks the Browns should look elsewhere (ouch). "They want him to go second to the Giants and play in the media capital of the world", the report read. That's where you can become the Face of the League.

Whether or not the Browns go through with selecting Barkley, what's clear is that he won't be opposed to playing in Cleveland.

Some have projected the Giants to take a quarterback with Eli Manning facing the twilight of his career while others have focused in on the fact that new general manager David Gettleman has a history of picking defensive ends early, which could equal NY picking Georgia's Bradley Chubb.

However, Barkley is open to going to Cleveland at No. 1 overall because he believes he could potentially bring a championship to the city and be hailed a hero in much the same way LeBron James was when he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first National Basketball Association title.

McShay doesn't see either of those situations playing out, however. Each team is allowed to invite 30 players to their campus before the draft, but the Browns did not allot one of those spots to Barkley, nor to North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold was also rumored to have said something to that effect during the season, though he strenuously denied it.

Barkley is also a dynamic receiver who can help move the chains through the air with his uncanny ability to line up and make plays all over the field.

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