Saquon Barkley has impressed many at the NFL Scouting Mix this previous week, however one unnamed NFL assistant coach would go to an unhealthy excessive only for the alternative to draft the Penn State operating again.
NFL assistant coach on Saquon Barkley: “I would punch myself in the nuts many, many, many occasions to give you the chance to draft him.”
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March four, 2018
The unnamed NFL assistant coach is joking, a minimum of we hope, however Barkley has actually turned heads at the mix. Barkley posted numbers of an elite class that just a few have ever completed at the mix.
After measuring in at 6-ft, 233 kilos, Barkley began off his exercises getting everybody’s consideration when he did 29 reps of bench press. Barkley and Nick Chubb, who additionally had 29 bench press reps, led all operating backs however extra spectacular than that, they each had extra reps than all however 5 of the 36 offensive linemen at the mix this yr.
Barkley additionally posted a forty one-inch vertical leap and ran a four.forty-second forty-yard sprint on his first try, good for a composite athletic rating in the 98th percentile.
To place all of his exercises in perspective, in accordance to NFL Analysis, the solely participant with greater than 25 bench press reps and a vertical leap greater than forty inches finally yr’s mix went as the No. 1 general decide, which was defensive finish Myles Garrett, who had 33 reps and a forty one-inch vertical.
Including in the forty-yard sprint, NFL Analysis additionally famous that there are solely two gamers to weigh over 230 lbs, run the sprint in four.forty seconds or quicker, and vertical leap forty-inches or larger at the mix since 2003. Vernon Davis was the different to achieve this in 2006.
In accordance to NFL Media, Barkley is “firmly in the combine at No. 1 for the Browns” so for all we all know the remainder of the league’s coaches might be kicking themselves (or worse) for not getting the probability at drafting Barkley.