The Penn State pro day took place on Tuesday, and Nittany Lions coach James Franklin watched some of his most talented players from last season compete in front of NFL personnel.
Of the many extraordinary athletes to to compete in different drills and tests, RB Saquon Barkley was not one of them. Why?
Barkley tested extremely well at the NFL combine, which took place from Feb. 27 to March 5. His — and apparently Franklin’s — thought was why test more when you’ve already shown A-plus work?
Here’s Franklin on Barkley and other former Penn State players at the pro day:
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“He killed the combine. Not only his test numbers, but in his interviews,” Franklin said. “He’s got great tape. And today, there’s really none of those teams here in terms of head coaches or running backs coaches, so, I think everybody’s kind of formed their opinion on him at this point, so, why do it?”
Barkley has been predicted by many to be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. That was before the New York Jets traded up from the No. 6 slot to the No. 3 slot with the Indianapolis Colts.
The Browns also have the No. 4 pick. Now, many believe the Browns will feel pressured to take their future franchise quarterback atop the draft before the quarterback-hungry Jets make their selection. Regardless, the former Penn State star had nothing to prove on Tuesday. He’s going to be selected very high in the upcoming draft.
There’s no question about that.