Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. If you look at his football life, he's carrying cups to his offensive linemen, and I think that's what a running back should be about.
On the possibility of getting drafted by the Cleveland Browns, who have won one game in the last two seasons and have the first and fourth overall selections in the draft, he said, "That would be awesome".
Barkley's total tied him for 13th best among running backs since 2006.
"In the past, taking running backs in the top five has been seen as questionable".
Barkley was a star at Penn State. The Giants were scheduled to meet with Barkley on Thursday night. That's typically one of the biggest adjustments for rookie running backs, so it gives Barkley an edge. "You want to be part of something bigger than yourself ... to leave a legacy that people are going to talk about for a long time to come". All those guys are special with the ball in their hand. That's something I strive to be.
"You have to be open for business, and I think that's the best of all worlds".
Earlier this week, NFL Network's Mike Mayock spoke on a conference call for almost 2 hours about the 2018 Draft. Perhaps one of these top quarterback prospects is the next Drew Brees or Eli Manning or Ben Roethlisberger. They could take Bradley Chubb or Quenton Nelson instead. While college performances build your reputation and are the most important part of your draft stock, a huge combine performance backs it all up.
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National Football League general managers, some of whom have already taken the chance to see Barkley play in person, are going to have the opportunity to watch him without pads in individual drills at the Combine. I would put him in the same category as (Leonard) Fournette, (Todd) Gurley, and Zeke Elliott, all of whom have been Top 10 picks and made their teams better immediately.
"I could make the case that this kid Barkley is the best of those guys, best of all five of them", Mayock said.
This is another fantastic number for Barkley.
Of course, Barkley is now willing to play for whichever team drafts him. At 233 pounds, jumping this high with this body type should be borderline impossible.
In the 2017 Rose Bowl game, Barkley's 79-yard destruction of USC's defense on a mind-numbing touchdown run launched his Heisman candidacy for the next season.
The 40 smoked wide receivers who are now dominating the NFL (Antonio Brown?).
"I'm competitive. But I don't care if I'm drafted 1, 5 or 72 or the last pick", Barkley said. "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".