Saquon Barkley was born in the Bronx, and he could head back to the Big Apple if the New York Giants select the former Penn State star with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley got a taste of what the New York spotlight would be like Saturday.
Barkley was on the back cover (the sports section’s front page) of Saturday’s New York Post after he put up dazzling numbers at the NFL combine Friday. The Post dubbed Barkley “Superquon.” “Stronger than an offensive tackle… Faster than a top-flight sprinter… Leaps higher than anyone in the draft…,” the cover read alongside a picture of Barkley with a photoshopped cape on his back and Superman logo on chest.
Saquon Barkley graces NY Post sports cover as ‘Superquon’
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) March 3, 2018
Barkley was the star of the show Friday in Indianapolis. He recorded a 41-inch vertical jump and followed it up with a 4.40-second 40-yard dash. Not bad for a 233-pound running back who also can bench press 225 pounds 29 times.
Here’s some video of Barkley at the NFL combine.
In his first attempt, @saquonb21 clocks in at 4.41(u).
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 2, 2018
— NFL (@NFL) March 2, 2018
Barkley is expected by most analysts to be a top-5 pick in April’s draft. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had Barkley going to the Giants as the No. 2 pick in his latest mock draft.
Barkley should get ready for plenty more front pages if that’s the case.