Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson crush bench press at NFL Combine

Saturday, 03 Mar, 2018

"Is this guy worthy of being the second pick of any draft?"

A top five pick and consensus first running back off the board, Barkley has little to prove when he meets with teams and undergoes testing at Lucas Oil Stadium.

As good as he is as a football player, Barkley is an even better athlete. They do have a lot of young talent. Had a lot of injuries.

The Broncos have changed head coaches and coordinators, offensive systems and starting quarterbacks multiple times over in recent years, skewing any true measure of some of their skill players. None of them was as big, as fast, and as productive in college as this year's consensus top running back prospect, Saquon Barkley. Barkley stated he will be down to 230 by the draft which he feels his more comfortable weight. "Right now, you're kind of neutral". I can go over the top of you. You're never going to forget that moment your name gets called and you walk up on that stage and pick up that jersey.

Barkley's combine performance blew both of them out of the water. And he had 12 fewer bench-press reps than Barkley and weighed 224 pounds. He did 29 reps on the bench press, tying Georgia's Nick Chubb for the most among his position group.

By the end of sophomore year at Penn State, Barkley was a star, rushing for 1,496 yards on 272 carries and 18 touchdowns.

"I talk about the last three or four running backs that went in the top 10, which were Fournette, Ezekiel Elliott went at 4, Gurley went at 10, McCaffrey went at 8". But he backed that up with big-time production on the field as a runner and receiver over his last two seasons at Penn State, with added difference-making ability as a kickoff returner last season. "When I run, I really think about him every time and when I go back and watch him, I'm like, 'I really run like this dude, man.' It's insane". I can catch the ball out of the backfield.

On his running style: "I try to be a versatile player".

Howie Roseman has pulled off some fantastic trades in the past, but the Giants have made it clear that Barkley is in play at No. 2 if he gets past Cleveland.

"I'm just focused on coming out here and trying to dominate this combine", Barkley said. "I'm not satisfied with any part of my game". I want to be one of the best. "I've ranged anywhere from 228 to 232", Barkley said. "I don't think you can have that answer until you know what's in front of you on the day of the draft". What I do know is that I'm going to come to a team and I'm going to work. He has the athletic chops of a Day 2 runner, but Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom cautions that Penny's lack of prowess in pass-blocking and as a receiver out of the backfield could prove problematic for his chances of developing into a three-down back at the National Football League level.