By Sally Fahey
He was drafted only last Thursday by the New York Giants, but Penn State’s ace running back Saquon Barkley is already paying dividends.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Barkley’s New York Giants jersey sold more units the first night of the draft than any other first-round NFL pick.
In fact, since Fanatics took over the NFL’s online shop, Barkley sold more jerseys on draft night than any other player in its history.
Before Barkley, the best-selling rookie jersey on draft night was the Cleveland Browns’ Johnny Manziel in 2014.
Fanatics makes the jerseys available within minutes of each player getting drafted, so Barkley had a head-start over Manziel, who was taken No. 22. But the 2018 NFL draft’s No. 2 overall player still outsold the No. 1 pick in Baker Mayfield, who had Thursday’s second-highest selling jersey.