The former Penn State rusher went absolutely bonkers at the NFL Scouting Combine the past few days. He weighed in at 6’0”, 233lbs, he ran a 4.40 40-time, jumped an impressive 41.0 inches, and benched 225lbs 29 times.
Those are crazy athletic testing numbers, but it was expected if you watched any of his tape. He is well built, shows great speed and balance, a low center of gravity, soft hands, quick feet, vision and just top notch athleticism. He’s an elite athlete playing the running back position.
This workout has obviously skyrocketed his already top 5 draft pick status and now he may even be in the conversation for the top overall pick in the draft. The New York Giants at number two makes a ton of sense if they feel Eli does indeed have multiple years left. So there appears there’s a good chance that Barkley could be off the board by the time the Broncos pick.
Saquon Barkley...4.40 speed at 233 pounds. Good look here vs. Michigan. pic.twitter.com/AKkOsbidX7— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) March 2, 2018
If not? Barkley would be a slam dunk pick for the Broncos if and only if they sign quarterback Kirk Cousins. That would give them two playmakers in the backfield and instantly make that offense look good once again. If they miss on Cousins, that 5th pick(or higher) will be on a quarterback.
I do understand the people who are against taking a running back that early. This is a very deep running back class and you can find starters in the second and third rounds of the draft. Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt were two of best backs in the league last season and were selected in the third round. Backs like Derrius Guice, Sony Michel, Ronald Jones, Nick Chubb, Kerryon Johnson, Rashaad Penny and others could be great value picks for the Broncos.
Now with all that said, it would be tough to pass up a talent like Barkley at 5 If he does make it to the Broncos pick.