Thursday night was a big night for Saquon Barkley, who heard his name called as the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. But it was also a big night for Barkley’s agent, Kim Miale. Barkley signed with Miale, who’s part of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, in January, and on Thursday she made history.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Barkley is the highest-drafted player ever to be represented by a female agent.
Barkley’s pick helped Miale make history, but she has a track record of NFL draft excellence — especially with running backs. She represented running back Leonard Fournette in 2017, who went at No. 4. She represented running back Todd Gurley in 2015, who went at No. 10. In 2016, she represented the No. 6 pick Ronnie Stanley.
Barkley’s pick last night marks the fourth time in four years that Miale has represented a top 10 pick. And even before that, she already held the record for most top ten picks represented by a female agent.
Miale joined Roc Nation in 2013 not long after it began, coming from Madison Avenue Sports and Entertainment. Her hiring was met with some skepticism, since at the time Roc Nation was still new and wasn’t yet certified by the NFLPA to handle team contract negotiations. But almost immediately, Miale signed New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, which put a lot of that to rest. And if it didn’t, her impressive record of success since then certainly has.
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