04 March, 2018
This year's deep and talented class of running backs hit the field for workouts Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. And with plenty of teams in need of improving their backfield heading into 2018, it's tough not to wonder whether some teams will all of a sudden be more willing to trade up in the first round to land the superstar running back.
Barkley said in a segment on NFL Network that he has met with the Broncos among a handful of other teams at the Combine, and it would be a surprise if the Broncos didn't have Barkley out to the team facilities for a pre-draft visit given how high they are picking in this draft. Of course, lack of athleticism at the Combine can be overcome by a strong showing on tape - which, again, Brown has.
The most glaring are the 14 reps on the bench press and being yelled at by coaches.
He lumbered through the 40-yard dash in 5.85 seconds. "He matched Barkley's 29 reps on the bench Thursday, and was second in the broad jump (10'8"), which helps measure explosiveness. But what's hard to overcome are the intangibles. Saquon then put his speed on display by running a blistering 4.40 secs in the 40-yard dash, per NFL.com. That is completely unacceptable and every defensive lineman in the league should be licking their chops to get a piece of this guy.More news: Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Gates Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy, Lying
The combine does not always make or break a prospect's draft stock but it can greatly influence it.
5) Notable prospects sit out the 40-yard dash.
NC State's Nyheim Hines ran the fastest time among the running backs at 4.38 seconds. His teammate, another highly touted offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey, also opted out of the drill, but that was known prior to Friday. Johnson finished right behind Barkley with a 40-inch vertical jump.