Overcoming a Curse of Ki-Jana? Saquon Barkley Has Teams Talking About Top Pick

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INDIANAPOLIS — To contend that NFL teams were vacant by Penn State regulating behind Saquon Barkley in their meetings with him this week during a scouting mix would be an understatement. Several officials told Bleacher Report that Barkley was polite, genuine and intelligent. One called him a “true pleasure to pronounce to.”

But that was in interviews. Players can be coached to do good in that universe. What’s unfit to learn is raw, earthy talent.        

Barkley ran a 4.40 40-yard lurch during a mix Friday, a second-best time posted and startlingly quick for a 233-pound human. Earlier in a day, he had a 41-inch straight leap. On a dais press, he had 29 reps during 225 pounds. Barkley is so clever that Superman asked him for a spot.

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It’s one thing for a actor to have a good combine. Lots have finished that and left on to wave in a NFL (cough, Johnny Manziel, cough).

It’s different, though, when a actor has a fantastic combine, is seen as a category act and oh, by a way, already has some of a best diversion fasten of any awaiting in this year’s draft.

Combine all of those things, and we get someone who will shake adult a draft.

How most of a shake-up? Barkley still expected won’t go initial overall. That will be a quarterback. we can tell you, though, that for a initial time in a prolonged time, there’s gibberish from teams about a regulating behind going that high. That’s not to contend a Browns, stream owners of a tip pick, are deliberation it. But there’s adequate seductiveness in Barkley that during slightest a few teams are articulate about relocating into a mark to take him.

That’s what I’m conference (and this is my common counsel that all teams distortion this time of year). Teams are now strictly in adore with Barkley, so most so that one could make him a initial regulating behind to be a tip collect given Ki-Jana Carter in 1995.

It’s easy to know why. As a NFL’s investigate arm points out, Barkley is stronger than Joe Thomas, quicker than DeSean Jackson, faster than Devin Hester and jumps aloft than Julio Jones

And to supplement to all of this, Browns ubiquitous manager John Dorsey pronounced this week his group is open to trade out of that tip spot. Sounding a small bit like Beyonce, he said, “Give me a call and see what’s up.”

(Wassup, bro.)

If Barkley doesn’t go first? Don’t a Giants have to cruise holding him during a second mark and regulating him to assistance extend a career of Eli Manning—as New Orleans has for Drew Brees with Alvin Kamara?

What helps Barkley in all this is that a tip quarterbacks this year have poignant flaws. It’s a NFL, so again, a quarterback will substantially get drafted with a tip pick. But there is no groundbreaking actor during that position in this draft, and that will play a cause in a Barkley sweepstakes.

Also, a NFL is returning to a time when backs had most some-more clout. It’s still a quarterback league, though runners have been creation a delayed comeback.

“The bottom line is, is a man a football player?” Giants ubiquitous manager Dave Gettleman pronounced this week. “This whole parable of devaluing regulating backs, we find it kind of comical. At a finish of a day, if he’s a good player, he’s a good player. It doesn’t matter what position it is. But a other thing, sometimes, listening to (coach Pat Shurmur), infrequently we consider it gets mislaid in a salsa that football is a ultimate group game. You blow a whistle, and 11 guys have to go out there, both offense and invulnerability and special teams.

“Everybody has to know that each actor is important. That’s because when we are looking during a second collect in a breeze like we are, a initial thing we have to establish is: Is this man estimable of being a second collect of any draft? Not usually this year’s draft, though also any draft? And afterwards we make that determination, and we pierce forward. Position? If he’s a good player, we don’t caring how built we are during that position; we’re holding him. It’s all about accumulating talent.”

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Really, a usually thing spiteful Barkley is a abuse of Ki-Jana.

Carter was taken initial altogether by a Bengals. In a five-year span, commencement with his rookie year, Carter tore his ACL, tore his rotator cuff, pennyless his wrist and dislocated his kneecap.

He had usually 14 starts for 3 opposite teams.

It also won’t assistance Barkley that Carter went to Penn State.

The putridity of that pick, a fact we can get glorious runners in after rounds (Kamara was a third-rounder) and a hyperdevelopment of a flitting diversion have mutilated speak for decades of a regulating behind going initial overall.     

But Barkley is going to severely plea all of that.

He’s that good.


Mike Freeman covers a NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @mikefreemanNFL.

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