Mayock Sees Barkley As Top 5 Pick

Dean Simpson
March 3, 2018

Additional and significant evidence will be inserted into the discussion in the coming weeks, beginning with this week's NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

1 pick in the National Football League draft and also pick fourth overall, with the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts in between. He also caught 54 passes in 2017 and closed out his career with back-to-back seasons with 18 rushing touchdowns. "That's why any team that drafts me, you're going to get the same person - a competitor, a guy who's passionate about the game".

Previous year the Browns went with the best player available, selecting Myles Garrett with the number one pick.

This is Barkley's best chance to raise the NFL's perception of him one final time before Commissioner Roger Goodell calls his name early in the first round of the draft in April.

For Saquon Barkley, however, his stay in Indy is more pleasure cruise than high-pressure business trip.

There's no guaranteeing that the New York Giants will select Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, but the option will be weighed and considered. The Browns couldn't possibly take running back at No. 1, could they?

"I talk about the last three or four running backs that went in the top 10, which were Fournette, Ezekiel Elliott went at 4, Gurley went at 10, McCaffrey went at 8". So I think the day before the draft or even the day of the draft you're hoping they're getting an bad lot of people that want to come up ahead of Cleveland at 4, ahead of Denver at 5, and get a quarterback. "He's going to come in here and knock it down, one drill after another, and then walk out and everyone's going to go, 'Wow, he's just as good or better than we thought he was.' And when he goes into the [interviews] at night, he's going to blow people away as well". "My coaches and [Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin] challenged me to take that on, and I think that's where the game is going".

"I think this is a really good draft for running backs", Dorsey said Thursday, via

"You want to be a part of something like that", he said. "That's not to say whoever the first running back is taken can't be a franchise difference-maker, so that's how you have to look at these things, as well". So I think is that changing? They do have a lot of young talent. Something that will leave a legacy. Like I said, he carries his 233 pound frame extremely well, and his work in the weight room is a big reason why. "That's what our position should be about and I try to model myself after that".

Pro Football Reference offered even more historical perspective: the website has combine data going back to 2000, and only one player can match or better Barkley's output in the bench, vertical and 40 - tight end Vernon Davis, in 2006. "Being part of something special".

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