Saquon Barkley clocked a 4.40-second 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Combine on Friday. It was unofficially recorded as a 4.41 when Barkley ran the attempt, but was given an official mark of 4.40. Barkley posted a 4.42 in his second attempt.
Saquon Barkley records 4.40 40 at NFL combine
In his first attempt, @saquonb21 clocks in at 4.41(u).
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 2, 2018
Barkley’s 4.40 was the second-best mark by a running back at this year’s combine. Only North Carolina State’s Nyheim Hines had a better time at 4.38.
Barkley’s best 40 time at Penn State was recorded as a 4.33 seconds, and his 4.40 in Indianapolis is still impressive for a back his size (6-foot, 233 pounds).
Here's a good point of reference for some of Saquon Barkley's testing numbers ahead of the combine. His 40, NFL Shuttle, Clean, and Strength Index are all still program bests. pic.twitter.com/g8NoEagvnI
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) February 22, 2018
Before running, Barkley raised eyebrows with his vertical jump. Barkley notched a 41-inch vertical leap, the best mark by a running back at the combine since 2016. The former Penn State star also posted 29 reps on the 225-pound bench press Thursday afternoon. Rich Eisen pointed out how ridiculous both of those numbers are for a running back.
How remarkable a 2018 Combine is @saquonb21 already having before his 40? He followed his 29 reps of 225 with a 41-inch vertical leap.
The only player with 25+ reps/40+ vert at the 2017 Combine: @MylesLGarrett, the eventual first overall pick.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 2, 2018
Barkley finished his three-year college career with 3,843 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 102 passes at Penn State for 1,195 yards and 8 scores.
Barkley, from Coplay, Pa., was projected as the No. 2 overall pick to the New York Giants in Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest ESPN mock draft. But Barkley said draft position is not all that important to him when he met with the media at the combine.
” I don’t care if I’m the first pick or the last pick. I’m going to come in and compete,” Barkley told reporters.