Falling short of his personal expectations, Saquon Barkley still led all running backs with a 41-inch vertical jump. He tied for the position group lead in the bench press, throwing up 29 reps at 225 pounds, and came in second with a 4.40-second 40-yard dash time.
These marks, combined with an illustrious three-year career at Penn State, has put Barkley in position to possibly go No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Different people have offered various NFL comparisons for Barkley, while ESPN College football analyst Kirk Herbstreit believes “he’s in his own category.”
Barkley’s trainer, Bert Whigham of Shaw Performance, made another comparison to ESPN College football reporter Adam Rittenberg.
From the story, which you can read here.
“The only person I can compare him to physically as impressive is Khalil Mack,” said Shaw Performance coach Bert Whigham, who also worked with Mack, the No. 5 overall selection in 2014 who has made three Pro Bowls as a linebacker with the Raiders. “And he’s going to work harder to be the best version of himself. You come across very few of those kinds of people in life.”
Mack is a 6-foot-3, 252-pound defensive end who has played for the Oakland Raiders the past four seasons after they took him No. 5 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s a 3-time Pro Bowler, 2-time First-Team All-Pro and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
And while Mack chases opposing running backs and wide receivers, Barkley will be the one delivering most of the blows after taking a handoff or catching a ball out of the backfield. His speed, physicality and shiftiness should cause some problems for opposing defenses as soon as Barkley steps on the NFL gridiron next fall.