NFL Research tweeted that there was one player with 25 or more reps in bench press and a vertical of 40 or more inches in 2017: Myles Garrett, who went No. 1 in the draft to Cleveland and is a 6-foot-4, 270-pound pass-rusher.
Elliott and Fournette - along with the Rams' Todd Gurley, who went at No. 10 in 2015 - have helped lead a running back resurgence that has paved the way for serious discussion of Barkley at the top of the draft. "Any team in my mind would be a good fit". New Indianapolis coach Frank Reich, the Eagles' former offensive coordinator, said he hasn't had time yet to evaluate Barkley. Had a lot of injuries.
"Position? If he's a great player, I don't care how stacked we are at that position".
Barkley didn't shy away from talking about his favorite team, either.
Saquon Barkley spoke to the media yesterday at the National Football League combine in Indianapolis and to say ALL were impressed is an understatement.
If Barkley ended up in Cleveland - or with one of the other reclamation projects near the top of the draft - it wouldn't be the first time he would come in as one of the faces of a possible revival.
"Confidence", said Barkley. "It gives you a lot of confidence". Any team that wants to draft me and bless me with the opportunity to play for their franchise is a blessing.
"It's a dream situation if you're the Eagles".
It wouldn't be the Combine if not for a little drama.
On Friday, Barkley took center stage at the combine in Indianapolis.
There's a reason many evaluators believe he is the best player in this year's draft class. He got started on Thursday by putting up 29 reps on the bench press, tied for the most among running backs this year with Georgia's Nick Chubb. Fournette finished his first season eighth in the league with 1,090 yards and nine touchdowns.
Barkley was a star at Penn State. But he backed that up with big-time production on the field as a runner and receiver over his last two seasons at Penn State, with added difference-making ability as a kickoff returner last season. "I find it kind of comical", Gettleman said of analytics that suggest RBs are a poor value in the high first round. "I can beat you with speed".
He called versatility his strength and noted he can run inside or out, catch the ball and pass block.
"I try to be a versatile player". I want to be one of the best. But after Saquon's mother, Tonya Johnson, decided that the family should move from the Bronx to Pennsylvania, his need to play football grew in a state obsessed with the sport. I could make the case that this kid Barkley is the best of those guys, best of all five of them. You love how physical he is, but it was like, 'How valuable can he be in the passing game?' It turns out he's not just adequate in the passing game, he's outstanding in that area.