Rare is it that a running back gets selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft. Saquon Barkley is a rare talent, though.
While ESPN’s Todd McShay says he thinks the Cleveland Browns are likely to select USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the first overall pick April 26., the analyst wrote in his latest mock draft there’s a chance the Browns instead opt for Barkley. He said the Penn State running back could end up with Cleveland if the franchise decides to sign a quarterback in free agency.
“I’ve had Darnold here in the previous two mocks as well. After the combine this past week, it’s sounding as if this pick could come down to him or Saquon Barkley. Darnold is the best QB in this class, in my opinion. However, I also could see Josh Allen as the choice here, since he has more experience in the cold, the big arm and the hand size [10⅛ inches] to diminish fumbling concerns in bad AFC North weather. If Cleveland addresses its quarterback situation in free agency (AJ McCarron?), then I think Barkley is the pick here,” McShay wrote.
Barkley rushed for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2017, in addition to hauling in 54 receptions for 632 yards and 3 touchdowns. He continued to bolster his stock last week by putting up eye-popping numbers at the NFL combine, including running a 4.40 40-yard dash and recording a 41-inch vertical leap.
For what it’s worth, Penn State legend Jack Ham said the Browns would be “absolutely crazy,” if they passed on Barkley. Your move, Cleveland.