Overcoming the Curse of Ki-Jana? Saquon Barkley Has Teams Talking About Top Pick

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Penn State running back Saquon Barkley looks on during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Joe Robbins/Getty Images

INDIANAPOLIS — To say that NFL teams were amazed by Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in their meetings with him this week at the scouting combine would be an understatement. Several officials told Bleacher Report that Barkley was polite, genuine and intelligent. One called him a “true pleasure to speak to.”

But that was in interviews. Players can be coached to do well in that universe. What’s impossible to teach is raw, physical talent.        

Barkley ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the combine Friday, the second-best time posted and startlingly fast for a 233-pound human. Earlier in the day, he had a 41-inch vertical leap. On the bench press, he had 29 reps at 225 pounds. Barkley is so strong that Superman asked him for a spot.

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It’s one thing for a player to have a great combine. Lots have done that and gone on to flop in the NFL

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2762378-overcoming-the-curse-of-ki-jana-saquon-barkley-has-teams-talking-about-top-pick

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