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After making waves at the NFL combine, Saquon Barkley could have positioned himself to be the No. 1 overall draft pick.

Saquon Barkley could end up No. 1 overall NFL draft pick; former Nittany Lion waiting until pro day to work out for scouts

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In the mix

Former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is widely regarded as the top available prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft. What’s more, after the NFL combine comes a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Barkley is “firmly in the mix” to be selected No. 1 by the Cleveland Browns, who also have the No. 4 pick and could use that to get a quarterback they covet.

Some, as Bleacher Report’s Scott Polacek points out, are willing to go to great lengths to get Barkley.

Holding out

Former Penn State cornerback Christian Campbell did not work out for scouts at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, due to a recent injury. The Allentown Morning Call’s Mark Wogenrich reports that Campbell will be a full participant at Penn State’s Pro Day on March 20.

Linebacker Jason Cabinda also did not participate in drills but will be a full go at Pro Day, per The Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal by way of NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones.

Motivational use

Former Penn State safety Marcus Allen had plenty to say about players using social media platforms such as Twitter.’s Daniel Gallen writes that Allen reads it all, processes it and saves it all because it motivates him.

Even the bad stuff.

From Gallen:

“I think social media is crazy,” Allen said, according to NFL Draft Bible’s Joe Everett. “People say hateful stuff, you suck, racial slurs, you name it, but I save it all in screen shots in a photo album to keep myself motivated. Before a game, I open that album and it pumps me up. I use it to my advantage.”

Allen is expected to be picked in the middle rounds.

Nine is enough

Penn State had a successful go at the Big Ten wrestling tournament, placing nine wrestlers in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

The last of the qualifiers, Corey Keener, proved he belongs among the elite wrestlers in the country, writes the Centre Daily Times’ Lauren Muthler.

Keener qualified through the consolations with an 11-3 major decision over Purdue’s Ben Thornton.

The NCAA wrestling tournament begins March 15 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

Up to the committee

The Penn State men’s basketball team made a move in the Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden, picking up a third win over Ohio State, but fell short in its bid to get to the title game by losing to Purdue in the semifinals.

Now it’s up to the NCAA selection committee, which has a week to dissect Penn State, while other conferences play out their tournaments.

However, FightOnState’s Mark Brennan writes that despite the argument, there is nothing left to argue in the Nittany Lions’ case.