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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.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 20 - 9:48 AM

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

Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton has "one of the best" character makeups in this class, according to one AFC scout.

"...Football is going to be a very small part of what he accomplishes in his life," the scout added. We'll give this evaluator a break after he projected Hamilton to go undrafted, as the quote likely stems from early in the fall. Since then, Hamilton has checked each and every box and could wind up being a third- or fourth-round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 14 - 9:28 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

Penn State signed uncommitted four-star 2018 T Rasheed Walker.

Walker (6'6/290) is ranked as the sixth-best tackle in the class by 247 Sports, and 160th overall in ESPN's list of the top 300 players in the class. He picks Penn State over Ohio State, Maryland, Arizona State and Michigan, among other high-profile schools. Reports indicate that he's on the raw side, but that there's big-time upside to his game. In time, he could develop into a bookend tackle for PSU.
Source: Penn Live
Feb 7 - 1:37 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

Bleacher Report's Brian Pederson believes Penn State 2018 five-star edge-rusher signing Micah Parson is the most important commit in the Nittany Lions' class.

Parsons ranks fifth in the Bleacher Report list of the top prospects, and second among weak-side defensive ends. There are reports that the 6-foot-3, 235-pound defender will move inside, however, as he's on the small side for interior line play. As Adam Rubin of the Daily Collegian notes: "He's a rare mix of size and speed, so if he learns the defense and the linebacker position, it will be impossible to keep him off the field."
Feb 2 - 9:35 PM

In an updated scouting report, Walter Football's Charlie Campbell compares Penn State TE Mike Gesicki to Colby Fleener

As a receiver, this is a compliment. As a blocker, well, Gesicki is still a terrific receiver. As one source told Campbell: "Gesicki is Coby Fleener. Tall, lean, probably will run fast, horrendous blocker - even versus defensive backs. He's got some high-point ability, but I have seen him drop his share of contact catches and contested catches, too. I don't feel he's as a strong as he could be." Campbell also lists Pittsburgh, Miami, Baltimore, Green Bay, New England, Jacksonville and Houston as potential landing spot for the 6-foot-5, 242-pound tight end.
Feb 2 - 6:57 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell tabbed Penn State freshman WR Justin Shorter as a "can't-miss" prospect.

"His size and body control are too special for him to fail, barring injury," Farrell writes. "He’s going to be coveted by the NFL even if he doesn’t put up massive numbers in college and he’ll be a scoring machine in State College." The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Shorter ranks as Rivals' No. 18 overall prospect in the 2018 class. He signed with the Nittany Lions in December after initially committing to the program last summer. With Penn State losing a slew of offensive talent this winter -- among the players exiting stage left, RB Saquon Barkley, WRs DaeSean Hamilton and Saeed Blacknall, TE Mike Gesicki -- Shorter is entering a prime situation for early playing time.
Source: Rivals
Feb 2 - 11:53 AM

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

In a list of the Senior Bowl offensive "risers," Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline listed Penn State TE Mike Gesicki as the top tight end at Senior Bowl practices.

Pauline notes that Notre Dame's Durham Smythe is the "honorable mention' at the position. Gesicki wasn't always a big part of the Penn State offense, but that has more to do with gameplanning than talent. The 6-foot-5, 242-pound tight end impressed virtually everyone over his week at Mobile. "Wow, wow, wow," Paulin writes. "The gigantic tight end looked natural catching the ball and had wide-receiver traits when the pass was thrown in his direction." There's a real chance that Gesicki will be the first tight end off the board and go in the first 32 selections.
Jan 29 - 5:52 PM

Penn State was awarded the Lambert Trophy on Tuesday.

If you're curious what the Lambert Trophy is, it's an award that goes to the top team in the East in the FBS. It's the second year in a row that Penn State has won the award. The Nittany Lions went 11-2 last year, punctuating their season with a win in the Fiesta Bowl over Washington. It's the 31st time that they've won the award, most of any other school by a great deal.
Jan 29 - 4:22 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller believes that Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton's draft stock could rise to the second round.

Hamilton has seen his stock rise after strong weeks at the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, and despite a quiet game on Saturday (one catch for five yards), he still was among the most talked about wideouts by draft analysts. "Hamilton, despite a few early drops, emerged as a clean route-runner with the speed to separate from defenders," Miller writes. "He could be looking at a Zay Jones-type rise to the second round following this week."
Jan 28 - 3:14 PM


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