Saquon Barkley made a surprise about-face in his stance against the franchise tag and signed his one-year deal with the New York Giants in time to attend the first day of training camp.

The Pro Bowler’s decision removes any questions around whether he would intentionally miss games, and allows fantasy managers to properly evaluate where he should be drafted.

I, for one, am incredibly high on Barkley. After an unexpected RB5 season, I think the Giants are set up for him to be an even bigger factor this year. Josh Jacobs, on the other hand, is trending down as he continues his holdout.

Those differing approaches both impacted how I approached the first two rounds of my mock this week.

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1 RB Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 1

2 RB Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 2

3 WR Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 4

Upon further thought, we probably shouldn’t let the position player with the second-most fantasy points last season fall past No. 3.

4 RB Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 9

Barkley leaps up the mock after an “epiphany” led him to end his holdout from the Giants. The only other running back with at least 1,300 rushing yards and 50 receptions last season was Josh Jacobs.

5 RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 3

6 WR Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 5

7 RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 6

8 WR Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 10

Diggs called any lingering issues between himself and the team “water under the bridge.” With how important he is to this offense, last year’s WR4 slides up a few spots.

9 TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 7

10 WR Cincinnati Bengals, Ja'Marr Chase (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 8

It sounds as though Joe Burrow’s calf injury isn’t too serious, but it still isn’t very comforting for anyone thinking of drafting Chase, which is why he slides a little.

11 RB Bijan Robinson, Atlanta Falcons (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 15

Robinson takes a big leap into the first round with a couple former first-rounders taking a dive (we’ll get to those later). Besides, he’s a stud.

12 RB Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (1st round)

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Last mock: No. 13

13 WR A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 14

1st round pick: Tony Pollard

14 WR Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 19

1st round pick: Bijan Robinson

Kupp takes a big jump this mock and could find himself in the first round by the end of training camp. He missed eight games last year, but in the games he did play, he led all position players in fantasy PPG.

16 RB Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 11

1st round pick: Travis Kelce

Taylor drops because as my co-worker Blake Schuster put it so eloquently in response to Jim Irsay’s exact comments on the RB market, “The vibes in Indy are not tremendous.”

17 RB Travis Etienne Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 17

1st round pick: Stefon Diggs

18 RB Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 16

1st round pick: Nick Chubb

19 RB Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 18

1st round pick: Tyreek Hill

20 WR Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 21

1st round pick: Derrick Henry

21 WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 23

1st round pick: Saquon Barkley

22 RB Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 20

1st round pick: Justin Jefferson

23 WR Garrett Wilson, New York Jets (2nd round)

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Last mock: Not picked

1st round pick: Austin Ekeler

When you’ve got Aaron Rodgers comparing Wilson to Davante Adams, it’s hard to ignore the potential of this combination.

24 WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (2nd round)

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Last mock: No. 24

1st round pick: Christian McCaffrey