Barkley could raise bar in NFL Draft

  • Barkley could raise bar in NFL Draft

Barkley could raise bar in NFL Draft

The former Penn State star measured in at 6-foot and 233 pounds this week during the NFL Scouting Combine.

Simply put, Barkley put on a show in Indianapolis. That comes Friday, when Barkley is scheduled to run the on-field drills (including the 40-yard dash) with his fellow running backs.

The Browns have the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in the 2018 National Football League draft, and while many project them to go after a quarterback, they could still use a player of Barkley's ability.

I am staunchly opposed to taking a running back with a top pick, for most of the reasons listed above, but if I were going to take one in the top-10, Barkley would be the guy for the simple fact that he can make a significant impact outside of the run game.

I had actually clocked Barkley's second run at a 4.25.

"This is a really good draft for running backs".

Barkley said he isn't concerned with where he's drafted, but it would fulfill a dream he's held since he was 2 years old. "If it's the Browns, if it's the Giants or whoever, I'm gonna come in with my head low and ready to work".

The Browns will have the chance to take Barkley with the No. 1 pick. The Penn State rusher has racked up 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns, including three consecutive 1,000-plus yard seasons ad 18 TDs in each of the last 2.

During Barkley's interview session he referenced many teams but seemed to always circle back to the Browns.

The 4.41 40 was the latest athletic achievement for Barkley, a presumed top-five pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, at the Combine. I am not sure but I know the buzz around The Land is he said enough for the fans. One of the first things you notice when looking at Barkley is physical gifts. The last running back to be drafted with a top two pick was Reggie Bush by the New Orleans Saints in 2006. "You're going to get a competitor, a guy who's passionate about the game and, even though I'm a rookie, a guy who will try to be a leader to the best of my ability".

"And as a play-caller you can't be anxious about what plays you're calling because oh this guy can't catch or oh this guy can only run the ball", Shurmur added. It's a challenge he would be willing to take on.

"You want to be a complete back", he said.

"Position? If he's a great player, I don't care how stacked we are at that position".

Saquon Barkley is the transcendent player in this NFL Draft class, a superlative runner with the mixture of size, speed and strength that leaves talent evaluators gushing. And depending on who has the draft capital to move up, I think you have to listen, you have to be open for business, and I think that's the best of all worlds. Other bench press notables among running backs included LSU's Derrius Guice with 15, Oregon's Royce Freeman (17) and Georgia's Sony Michel (22).