Saquan Barkley has made a name for himself with his aggressive play on the field and his determination in the weight room. Barkley wowed scouts in his season with Penn State. Did he do enough to have the Cleveland Browns draft him number one overall?
Many are of the school of thought that running backs should not be drafted high due to the workload and the shorter shelf life. Barkley, however, has many people turning their heads and taking notice. The Browns, as everyone in the natural born world knows, need a quarterback. If this need is addressed in free agency then they may find themselves spending the number one pick on a talent as special as Barkley. This would leave the number four position to snag a quarterback such as Mayfield which seems to be a favorite of John Dorsey.
Taking a look at Barkley’s stats makes you understand the infatuation with his game. Barkley is 5’11” and weighs 223. One of Barkley’s best performances came against Ohio State where he ran for 195 yards and two scores. He received the honor of Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He ran for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. His epic performance in the Rose Bowl made his stock rise even more. He ran for 204 yards and two scores in this high profile game against USC.
Barkley’s speed and cutting ability is something to behold. His footwork and speed set him apart from the pack. He has an ideal body type with fluid hips that make him an angel to the offensive linemen. He can find the holes or spin and cut when needed.
His competitive nature makes him tough and resilient on the field. He can also get good separation from defenders and can be a pass catcher when needed. Barkley also has a clean reputation and character off the field which can be just as important as any other factor for the scouts and GM, Dorsey.
A running back can have an immediate impact and would be a shot in the arm for a struggling offense who will more than likely be looking at a new player at the quarterback position. Deshone Kizer struggled throughout his rookie year with interceptions and consistency. Many feel the veteran quarterback that will be brought in. will get the start while letting Kizer learn on the sidelines.
Barkley could surprise many and hear his name called first by the Cleveland Browns, his talent proves this is a real possibility.