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Saquon Barkley | Running Back

Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/7/1997
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 222

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The MMQB's Peter King questions selecting Penn State's Saquon Barkley, or any RB, in the top 5.
King notes that just as impressive as Leonard Fournette, Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley have been, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt and David Johnson have been tremendous values. This comes down to ease of evaluations. Talented top 10 running backs are much easier to identify than running backs outside of the top 50 picks. If those evaluations were as clear, those three talented values would not have been on the board as long. Feb 20 - 9:48 AM
Source: The MMQB

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While listing the top candidates to break John Ross's 40-yard dash combine record, Daniel Jeremiah says it's possible that Penn State RB Saquon Barkley will run a time in the 4.3 range.

That obviously wouldn't really challenge Ross for his record (4.22), but it would still be an extremely impressive time considering his frame. "You might think it's crazy to mention Barkley with these other legitimate track stars," Jeremiah writes. "However, Barkley's play speed jumps off the tape and he's reportedly run in the 4.3s at Penn State, despite weighing 230-plus pounds." If Barkley does post a time in that range, it will just solidify the expectations that he'll be off the board in the first five picks.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 12:21 PM

NFL media analyst Charlie Casserly projects the Colts to take Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the third pick in his latest mock draft.

Barkley goes after two quarterbacks in Casserly's mock, with Sam Darnold going to the Browns and Josh Rosen going to the Giants, respectively. Most have projected the Colts to improve their atrocious defense with either NC State's Bradley Chubb or Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick, but a talent like Barkley might be too tempting to pass on. As Casserly succinctly puts it: "Andrew Luck gets a dominant runner."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 9:47 PM

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley hinted that he will fully participate in all activities at the NFL Combine.

"I'm not just going to bash anybody that decides not to (participate). Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. But me, I think it’s important," Barkley told Alex Marvez in an interview. Barkley says he's been watching the event since he was a child and that it is a dream to attend. Barkley has a chance to put on a show and prove he is the most athletic running back in this class.
Feb 15 - 10:49 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah has assigned Penn State RB Saquon Barkley a higher draft grade than those previously assigned to current NFL stars Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette.

"Each of those three running backs delivered outstanding rookie seasons and I expect the same from Barkley," Jeremiah writes, specifically pointing to his unique blend of power and subtlety (particularly in his routes). The 5-foot-11, 222-pound Penn State star will be angling for a top-five selection come April and has been mocked to the Browns at pick No. 4 in several early iterations of the thought exercise. We fully expect him to star at the Combine -- over the summer, he led the way on the annual "Freaks" list put out by SI's Bruce Feldman, earning top status thanks to a 40-yard dash in the mid-4.3's and a 405-pound power clean.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 8 - 1:15 PM

Draft Wire's Jacob Infante believes that Penn State RB Saquon Barkley could make the Colts' offense "dynamic."

Infante notes that the Colts have bigger needs -- particularly on defense -- but that the addition of a talent like Barkley could make Indianapolis a dynamic offense. It's tough to argue with that sentiment, especially if Andrew Luck comes back healthy. "If they can address some of those needs in free agency," Infante writes, "it could free them up to add a rare talent like Barkley to an already promising offense."
Source: Draft Wire
Feb 3 - 9:08 PM

104.7 FM Denver draft insider Benjamin Allbright wrote that "no one I talked to" has had Penn State RB Saquon Barkley being drafted within the first seven picks.

Allbright believes that the media has pumped up Barkley as a potential top-five pick, a slot that just isn't being backed up by the feedback he's receiving from his NFL contacts. Of course, we also heard that no team had a first-round grade on Deshaun Watson around this time last year. January scuttlebutt only holds so much weight. In his first mock draft of the evaluating season released on Tuesday, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein pegged Barkley to the Browns with the No. 4 pick (he has Cleveland taking USC QB Sam Darnold with the first selection).
Jan 30 - 4:53 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay now lists Penn State RB Saquon Barkley as the top player on his board.

His previous top player -- UCLA QB Josh Rosen -- moves down to the third spot, with USC QB Sam Darnold moving to second. McShay notes that Barkley has a "distinctive combination of size, agility and power." He also mentions that he's a competent pass-blocker who is good as a receiver, making him a three-down back. "Making it an even easier evaluation is the fact that Barkley is a driven competitor with very good leadership skills and no off-the-field issues," McShay writes. "This guy is clean and complete as they come."
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 5:49 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Penn State RB Saquon Barkley going second-overall to the Giants in his latest mock draft.

Barkley is the only running back that Jeremiah projects going in the first round, meaning players like Georgia's Nick Chubb and LSU's Darrius Guice make it to round two. "I could easily see the Giants addressing the quarterback spot here, Jeremiah says, "but instead they opt for the best player in the draft."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 19 - 8:49 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted that the team might select an RB early in Aprils NFL draft.

"You put (Andrew Luck) on that field, healed up, and you put an Edgerrin James -- maybe that's bigger, faster, stronger -- ... this is going to be a special place to be and a special place to play," Irsay told the media. James was the No. 4 overall selection back in 1999, and the Colts now hold the No. 3 overall pick with an obvious top talent in Saquon Barkley possibly available. Irsay previously signed off on a trade that sent a first-round pick for Trent Richardson just a few seasons ago.
Jan 2 - 11:14 AM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

A New Year's Eve announcement from Barkley, who is expected to be drafted within the first 10 picks and could climb as high as the top three. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder went off for 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage this season and brings to the table speed to spare as well as an array of hurdles and cuts. He might have been a top five pick if he had been allowed to enter last year's draft class. Barkley went out with a bang on Saturday, posting 137 yards and a pair of scores on the ground in a 35-28 win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 09:09:00 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley declined to make a public decision on an NFL Draft declaration following Saturday's win over Washington in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

"Right now I’m just trying to enjoy the moment, live in the moment… Whether it’s the day after, whether it’s two weeks or until the last day, I’ll make that decision," Barkley told ESPN's Tom Luginbill after the Fiesta Bowl. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder rushed for 137 yards and a pair of scores in the contest to cap off a fantastically delightful season in which he went off for an even 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage. Should he declare for the draft -- as is widely expected -- he will be in the conversation as a potential top-five pick.
Source: 247Sports
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 09:12:00 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in Saturday's 35-28 win over Washington in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

Barkley (5'11/222) flashed his superior athleticism throughout, hurdling defenders, making razor-sharp cuts upfield and showcasing his game-breaking speed. That speed was most evident on a thrilling 92-yard touchdown run down the left sideline with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half. The junior back finishes the season having totaled 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage. He'll decide on the NFL Draft in the coming days. Should he declare, Barkley will very much be in play for a top-five pick. He's as dynamic a running back as we've seen in college football in recent years and checks all the boxes of future NFL stardom.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 07:39:00 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley will not make a decision on declaring for the NFL Draft until after the Fiesta Bowl.

Barkley said that he will "probably take a little break" after the Nittany Lions' showdown with Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30 before he makes a final decision. He's widely expected to declare for the draft. Assuming he does, the electric 5-foot-11, 222-pound junior has the potential to crack the first five picks. This season, the Heisman contender has totaled 1,728 yards and 19 touchdowns from scrimmage while also rolling his way to 426 yards and two touchdowns off 15 kick returns.
Source: Land of 10
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 09:06:00 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley carried the ball 16 times for 77 yards and two scores in a 66-3 destruction of Maryland on Saturday.

Barkley also hauled in his only target for four yards. This could have been a much bigger game if Maryland was even remotely competitive. They weren't. Both scores came in the third quarter, and they both came from a yard out. Barkley will likely get a chance to add to his impressive season totals in a high-profile game, assuming he decides to play.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 07:11:00 PM