What exactly can Saquon Barkley prove at the NFL Combine?
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, the 2017 season
Saquon Barkley will be among the biggest stars at next week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and there is no disputing that.
What is up for debate, though, is exactly what the running back, unanimous 2017 All-American, and consensus top-five talent in this year’s Draft class has to prove at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The short answer is nothing, as his film, awards, off-field intangibles, school records, and plenty more answer any and all questions pro franchises might have about him.
How about the long answer?
“I think for Saquon, he should test well,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. “It’s just an exclamation point for the guys at the top. It’s to show explosion.”
Kiper Jr., who ranks Barkley as the Draft’s best player in his latest ‘Big Board,’ is looking for a specific area in which the back should shine.
“To me, broad jump and vertical [jump] are very important,” Kiper Jr. said. “[Barkley] has great lower body strength, that’s why he can stop on a dime and make people miss.
“You would expect him to have a really good workout, and if he does it solidifies him as the top player in this draft, or if not a top-three or four player in this draft.”
In full, eight former Lions will be at next week’s Combine, which starts on Feb 28 and runs through March 5.