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Saquon Barkley had a ridiculous, 41-inch vertical jump at National Football League combine

Saquon Barkley had a ridiculous, 41-inch vertical jump at National Football League combine

And why it doesn't matter to him where he does that.

Barkley, who said he weighed-in at 232.6 pounds, was ranked as the top running back by NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks heading into the combine. I'm very confident in myself, whether the ball's on the 99-yard line or one-yard line. I can do it all. "I would be absolutely stunned if he doesn't go in the top five".

"I try to be a versatile player". Then he dusted the competition in the 40-yard dash with a ridiculous unofficial 4.41-second 40-yard dash.

225 pounds on the bench press.

Snead said that probably has more to do with the quality of the running backs who were taken as opposed to any league-wide change in the importance of the position.

No running back has been selected No. 1 overall since Penn State's Ki-Jana Carter in 1995. It also was among the least-important thing he'll do this week.

Watch Barkley's impressive lift performance below as well as his combine interview and check other info and highlights of the running back, who is projected to go No. 2 by in the upcoming National Football League draft draft many prognosticators.

Last season, only one player had 29 or more reps and 41 inches or more on the vert, and that was No. 1 overall pick DE Myles Garrett, who ran a 4.64. Since 2000, Barkley is the only running back to post up those kinds of numbers.

Shy of showing up in Indianapolis with an unknown injury, a troubling medical issue being discovered or suffering an injury during the event, there's nothing Barkley could do to hurt his draft stock at the combine. If you look at his football life, he's carrying cups to his offensive linemen, and I think that's what a running back should be about. "We are all watching the same TV".

Still, NFL personnel left a thin trail of hints as to their intentions.

"Growing up, my favorite running back was Reggie Bush". "If he's a great player, he's a great player". And if he is, will the Giants take him? "It's all about accumulating talent". He reiterated that he meant it, too.

In three seasons at Penn State, Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns. I'm not going to preach that as gospel, but I felt like it was a pretty accurate couple of clicks on the stopwatch.

The Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos might have something to say about that. "Something bigger than you".

On interviewing with teams: "You know, the first initial nerves, [I] feel like you go in there and you meet guys that are part of the team and you just want to make an impression". That's something bigger than yourself.

Saturday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends take the field for on-field workouts. Barkley called that a "good fit".

"I think the running back class is strong, obviously, spearheaded by Barkley", Jackson said, "but at the same time, there's a lot of other really good players in this draft that are running backs".

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