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Saquon Barkley – Running Back – 21 years – Junior – Penn State
Cut : 1m83
Weight: 106 kg
Estimated position in the draft: Top 5
Stats 2017: 13 matches, 217 races, 54 receptions, 1,903 yards and 21 cumulative touchdowns
NFL Comparison: Jamal lewis
The new wave of university running backs salutes you! After Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott or Leonard Fournette, all selected in the top 10 of the draft, for the results we know, the NFL is about to see the new phenomenon of offensive backfields land.
His name: Saquon Barkley, become the darling of the scouts, thanks to his “total-package” profile. Because the jewel out of Penn State can do practically everything in attack, all brilliantly. In three years on the University Park campus, he has become a real space-gobbler, punishing his opponents with extraordinary vision and a blazing acceleration capacity. Once past the first curtain, the Nittany Lion composes with confusing supports that allow him to dodge and take speed vis-à-vis.
But to be truly representative of modern runners, you have to be versatile. With formidably reliable hands, “Saq” took great pleasure in coming out of the backfield and trapping the robust run stops of the Big Ten conference. Efficient on reception, he is also on return from a kick, as indicated by his two touchdowns in this exercise in 2017 and his time of 4.40 on the sprint during the Combine. Finally, it should be noted that with his stocky physique (1m83, 106 kilos) and his sense of placement, Barkley is a valuable asset in the bouldering phases, in a league increasingly focused on the aerial game.
But does angel number 26 really have flaws? Gray areas in any case, because playing on dodging, against university defenders, no one can fully judge his ability to break tackles, against much more physical and intense NFL players. His size suggests that he can meet the challenge, but the impression left against certain programs (Ohio State) prompts us to question this subject somewhat.
Not enough to question the top 10 status that awaits him in April. Saquon Barkley knows what the pressure is, having masterfully led the Penn State offense in recent seasons. His maturity and work ethic are sure to make him a great leader as well, capable of leading his teammates in the right direction.
Strong points :
– Vision and support
– Speed and acceleration
– Good hands
Weak points :
– Contact resistance?