Combine confidential: Inside look at the juiciest developments

INDIANAPOLIS — As I made my way around the Lower Suites level of Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday, a general manager of an NFL team smiled and greeted me with this:

“How about Saquon?”

The question, by then, was rhetorical. Saquon Barkley owned the earliest parts of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine; the 6-foot, 233-pound running back out of Penn State delivered numbers that wowed scouts who aren’t easily impressed.

The combine concluded Monday. From the first position group (rife with capable offensive linemen) to the last one (featuring speedy defensive backs), it was a fun event, featuring terrific performances and incredible inspiration. More than enough storylines to fill my notebook … So here goes!

Below is my full look back at this year’s combine: stories, observations and reporting from my perspective of being on the field where the players worked and canvassing the seats and suites from which NFL decision makers and talent evaluators watched.

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The most interesting man in the (draft) world: Baker Mayfield is one of the more intriguing players in this draft class — and the most polarizing quarterback. As the combine was concluding, I asked a head coach for his biggest overall takeaway. He spotlighted Mayfield, saying he liked him the

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