Though Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has not yet declared for the 2018 NFL Draft, prognosticators are already starting to envision how Barkley will fit into the professional game.
Former Nittany Lion and current Arizona Cardinals center A.Q. Shipley said Barkley reminds him of his teammate David Johnson, a first-team All-Pro running back in 2016.
“He’s big, runs well, can catch the ball out the backfield. He blocks well. He’s a special player. I knew he was big, seeing him in person, up close. He’s special,” Shipley said.
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Barkley finished the 2017 regular season with 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground in addition to hauling in 47 catches for 594 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll get to add to those stats Saturday when Penn State (10-2) plays Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
The running back is projected as a Top 10 draft selection by numerous outlets, and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller said Barkley should be taken No. 1 overall. Barkley has still not decided if he’ll declare, and he said Tuesday he’s weighing “a ton of factors,” regarding his choice.