The praise continues to flow in for Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. This time, it’s an anonymous NFL executive saying Barkley tops Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott “in every area.”
That quote comes from an anonymous polling of five NFL executives conducted by NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah on who they think is the best comparison to the Nittany Lions star.
The other names thrown out: Cardinals star David Johnson, “a better version of Kareem Hunt,” four-time Pro Bowler Corey Dillon and “a more explosive Joe Mixon.” The name Superman was also thrown out. But it’s the Elliott blurb that stands out.
“I was at the game a few years ago when Elliott and Barkley shared the same field. As impressive as Elliott was, Barkley was the better player. They have similar skill sets but Barkley is better in every area.”
Anonymous NFL executive on Saquon Barkley
That’s obviously high praise given that Elliott, an Ohio State alum, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and led the league in rushing last year as a rookie. You’d really think that’s the best you can get when it comes to a young running back.
But Barkley’s hype train just keeps picking up steam. Todd McShay said he would take Barkley No. 1 overall in a college football draft and the Penn State star is shooting up both Heisman polls and draft boards.