March 18, 2018

National Football League scouting combine: Saquon Barkley is a superstar in workout drills

04 March 2018, 01:39 | Kenneth Drake

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While there is still a long way to go in the evaluation process for the draft, there were several offensive linemen who may have improved their stock with their test results at the National Football League combine.

The NFL Combine is a proving ground for the nation's elite prospects.

The Niners now own the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, set to take place this April, and the Raiders pick 10th.

The Colts will have other meetings with prospects but this one is significant because Barkley is proving to be worth the No. 3 overall pick if he is still there.

Since 2000, 49 running backs have posted faster times than Barkley's 4.40, though only three of them weighed more than 230 pounds: Beanie Wells, Mario Fannin, and Knile Davis.

More than anything, Friday at the Combine showed this class is loaded with players that possess both size and speed - Two things teams covet at the position. The on-field workouts include the all-important 40-yard dash, timing, positional skill drills and three-cone and shuttle drills.

The NFL Combine has concluded its first day of workouts for the offensive linemen, running backs, and special teamers with many potential first, second, or third-rounders participating in running and positional drills.

"When are you ever going to watch Orlando Brown run 40 yards down the field?" quarterback Baker Mayfield asked Friday.

At 6-foot-8 and 345 pounds with 9 3/4-inch hands, 35-inch arms and 85 1/8-inch wingspan, Brown is a mountain of a man who compensated for his limited athleticism at Oklahoma with his wide base and reach. "The nastiest tape of an o-lineman I've ever seen".

"I'm a guy that understands my job isn't going to just be given to me", he said. Players will exchange their name for a number and get critiqued on every possible measuring analysis a scout can conjure up. You grow up as a little kid dreaming of playing in the NFL. Gesicki is one of four former Penn State players who are raising money for rare-disease research through the combine bench press.

It's hard to have a worse combine than Brown did.

And for comparison, when Dallas Cowboys standout Ezekiel Elliott took part in the 2016 combine, he recorded a 31-inch vertical and 4.47 second 40-dash at 6-feet, 225 pounds.

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