No surprise, Saquon Barkley killed the NFL Scouting Combine
Mar 04 2018
San Diego State's Rashaad Penny burst into the conversation among the top running backsFriday at the 2018 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. But after watching the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year dominate the marquee Combine events, any lingering skepticism regarding his raw athletic abilities has been thoroughly squashed. And with plenty of teams in need of improving their backfield heading into 2018, it's tough not to wonder whether some teams will all of a sudden be more willing to trade up in the first round to land the superstar running back. Of course, Saquon Barkley was all over it.
Other measurables for Penny at the Combine included a 32.5-inch vertical jump and 10-foot broad jump.
Want to see how Barkley's 40 stacks up against Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Alvin Kamara's? Yup, Barkley was faster than all of them.
The almost 6-foot-8, 345-pound left tackle managed just 14 reps on the 225-pound bench press Thursday, the lowest total of any lineman who has lifted at the combine this week. Barkley did not stop there, he posted a 1.54 secs in the 10-yard split drill, per NFL.com. Whether it was the 3-cone, the 20-yard shuttle of the 40 yard dash, all of the participants had their chance show their quickness. He was springy in his drills, with analysts noting how well he is able to set the edge and block for the run. Let me all remind you, Saquon weighs 233 pounds.
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"Hernandez clocked a solid 5.15 40 after pushing up 225 pounds 37 times on the bench press".
Working out in a group that included Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and surefire first-round pick Josh Rosen (UCLA), Lee not only fared well throwing the ball, but also put up pretty good numbers in athletic testing.
Brown was projected to get drafted in the first couple of rounds, but his bad week in Indy could prove very costly.
Here's how several of the top prospects have performed in the 40-yard dash so far.
One drill he did have a tougher time in was the mirror drill, where lineman are placed against a fellow lineman who's job is to run back and forth and force the down lineman to "mirror" their movements as though they are blocking them.
As Quinn said earlier in the week, this is a deep running back class, and the spectacle on display Friday confirmed it.