Saquon Barkley blows apart NFL combine; Derrius Guice shines too

 INDIANAPOLIS — Is Saquon Barkley human?

That’s a question that went unanswered Friday as the Penn State star ran like a top receiver, lifted like a top offensive lineman — and did it all while weighing in at 233 pounds.

He was one the heaviest running backs here at the NFL combine, yet blazed the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds. That was second  fastest among the running backs. Freak. Then he ripped off 29 reps in the bench press, which not only led the running backs, but was more than all but five offensive linemen. Freak.

Then he skied 41 inches in the vertical jump, which not only led all players on Friday, and would it have led all players last year, but was fifth best among all running backs in the last decade. And every player who did jump higher was at least 9 pounds lighter.


Listen, running backs have been devalued in the NFL draft. In the last five years, only five went in the first round. None went in the top three. But Barkley just might be making a case to go No. 1.

“Given his character, leadership skills and production, it is quite possible Barkley leaves Indianapolis as the consensus No. 1 player in the 2018 draft class,”’s Bucky Brooks said.

No running back has gone first overall since another Penn State

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