The biggest question remaining after Saquon Barkley’s combine is this: Will the Browns select him with the No. 1 pick?
A running back hasn’t gone No. 1 since Penn State’s Ki-Jana Carter in 1995, and the Browns have tons of holes on their roster, including at quarterback.
Still, Barkley’s now the betting favorite to occupy that No. 1 spot, per Bovada, and people all around the internet are arguing about whether or not he should be the guy for Cleveland. He likely won’t be able to avoid talking about it until the NFL draft in April.
“I mean, why not? It would be cool. It would be a fun experience to be No. 1,” he said, per the Louisville Courier-Journal. “But it doesn’t matter if I go No. 1, if I go seventh, if I go the last pick. It’s not going to change me. My mindset is going to stay the same.”
Barkley was speaking at the banquet for the Paul Hornung Award on Wednesday night. He won the award, which honors college football’s most versatile player, for the 2017 season. Barkley finished the season with 1271 rushing yards on 217 carries, 632 receiving yards on 52 catches and two kick-return touchdowns on 15 attempts.
Barkley got to meet NFL legend Jim Brown at the Hornung banquet, and even signed an autograph for the Hall of Fame running back.
Saquon signs a personal poster for Jim Brown! pic.twitter.com/JDJaZk4mbX
— Paul Hornung Award (@hornungaward) March 7, 2018
“This is special,” Barkley said. “Being a running back and being mentioned in the same category and winning an award that’s represented by (Hornung) is just another class in itself.
“And you’ve got Jim Brown, who you could say is the greatest football player of all time, the greatest running back of all time. And not only the things he did on the football field. The impact he had in the community, he’s somebody you admire as an athlete and somebody you aspire to be.”