We’re at the midway point between the NFL Scouting Combine and the 2018 NFL Draft, with the former starting a month ago and the latter finally, really happening a month from now. Saquon Barkley is still one of the most-discussed players you’ll hear about, and that’s at least in part because of the show he put on at the combine.
Barkley’s numbers were as good as most fans could have hoped they’d be.
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at 2018 Combine:
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But Barkley says some of them could — or even should — have been better. He joined Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe on Undisputed to discuss all things NFL draft in an interview this week, and the combine was the first thing Bayless addressed in the interview.
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Barkley: Yep, that 4.4 40-yard dash could have been better
“My 40, I popped up twice. My starts were awful. I’m truly a 4.3-4.2 guy. The fastest I’ve been clocked laser-training is a 4.29, so I had a really bad start. The first one was a bad start, the second one I fumbled. The vert, I got 42 before, but I’ve been anywhere from 40 to 42 so that’s probably the only part I’m really okay with.”
Barkley: That bench press could have been better too
Bayless: “At the combine you run the second-best 40, 4.4, you’re No. 1 in the vertical jump among running backs and your 29 bench press reps tied for first with Nick Chubb, right? Were you happy with those numbers? Could you have exceeded those numbers?
Barkley: “Yes. My coach, coach Franklin, has been quoted as saying it was a very average performance from me. I’m usually a 30-35 guy in the bench press. Had to take a little time off because I banged up my shoulder. I’m usually anywhere from 30 to 35 on the bench press.”
Bayless: “And the record for running backs is?”
Barkley: “32. Jerick McKinnon. I was going for that, but being able to take that little time off and come back and get 29, I can’t complain with that, but I really wanted to get 32.”
Barkley: That vertical was about as good as I get
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Barkley’s 41-inch vertical was the best for a running back at this year’s combine, beating out Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough and Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson, both of whom registered 40-inch jumps.
“I got 42 before, but I’ve been anywhere from 40 to 42, so that’s probably the only part I’m really okay with,” Barkley said.