RB Saquon Barkley ready to be difference maker

Saquon Barkley had a ridiculous, 41-inch vertical jump at NFL combine

The NFL Combine is underway. "I've got no use for any offensive skill player that can't catch, and the running back's no different".

That being said ... the New York Giants can't take Barkley 2nd in the draft.

Barkley will nearly certainly be the top running back taken in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he is considered a top-5 talent by most draft analysts.

Barkley totaled 1271 yards on the ground and 18 TDs this past season, and was under Heisman Trophy consideration for much of the season.

"So I think the day before the draft or even the day of the draft you're hoping they're getting an bad lot of people that want to come up ahead of Cleveland at 4, ahead of Denver at 5, and get a quarterback". That was the fourth-most reps by a running back in the last five years. You have those two top picks, but kinda needed Saquon to be average at one of the physical tests.

The Giants, Colts and Jets, respectively, have the second, third and sixth overall picks in April's draft.

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

Barkley will demonstrate his explosiveness and power in the vertical and broad jumps, his breakaway speed in the 40-yard dash and his uncanny ability to change direction in the three-cone drill, especially for someone as strong as him. So I think we've got to keep an open mind on this, and we certainly want to make our team better. "My coaches and [Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin] challenged me to take that on, and I think that's where the game is going".

Mayock said Barkley is at least equal to the last four top-10 running backs - Fournette, Elliott, Todd Gurley and Christian McCaffrey - all of whom made their teams significantly better as rookies. They are a good team if you look at the schedule, they won one game (the last 2 years) but obviously they were in a lot of games.

Barkley on Thursday showed National Football League coaches and talent evaluators that he, like his father and famous uncle before him, possesses a helluva lot of power in his upper body. That's something bigger than yourself.

We've seen teams take running backs with the fourth overall pick in each of the past two seasons.

Barkley said the Browns are "a couple pieces away" and that he would love to be a part of helping the franchise turn things around. "That's something you'll leave a legacy". Almost hitting 30 reps on the bench press is a testament to Barkley's incredible upper body strength and endurance. "So you've got to have a guy in my opinion at running back that's a multi-dimensional guy". "I try to improve every day". "Being a part of something special". "I find it kind of comical", Gettleman said of analytics that suggest RBs are a poor value in the high first round.

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