Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

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NFL Combine: Mike Gesicki surges and Winners and Losers from Day 2

Already considered one of the best prospects in the draft, Barkley has only helped hs draft stock, and it's hard to imagine him falling out of the top five.

College Football: Penn State Saquon Barkley (26) in action, rushing vs Indiana Tegray Scales (8) at Beaver Stadium. "It's something I've been able to implement into my game on the field". In order to secure the Penn State running back's services though, they likely have to take him with the first overall selection.

The schedule of events, which can be viewed here, kicked off on Friday, Mar. 2, with workouts and drills for prospective offensive linemen, running backs and special teams.

But make no mistake: In a league in which the running game often has become an afterthought, Barkley is making a case for a back-to-the-future approach. A lot of people are going to have expectations of me no matter how high I go or how low I go.

It started off poorly Thursday, when Brown managed just 14 bench press reps despite measuring in at 6-foot-8, 345 pounds.

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The lighter players - running backs, wide receivers and defensive backs - tend to be the fastest in the 40-yard dash. I have you covered. Barkley was easily the star of the show today.

Barkley said he embraces the chance to transform a downtrodden team like the Browns, who have one win in two years, or the Giants, coming off a down year: "You want to be part of something like that, something that's bigger than yourself". It's more like 80-20, in that range.

Whoever ends up choosing Barkley can expect to be picking a lot later in next year's draft. He had 22 bench-press reps - second-best among tight ends - and still has several drills to go. We are talking about a player that weighs 345 pounds and whose job it will be to protect the blind-side of a team's franchise quarterback. From a middle starting position, the player runs 5 yards to his right, touches a line, turns and runs 10 yards to the left and touches a line, then runs back to the starting spot. Although that time is not pedestrian by any means, it just isn't the kind of explosive figure that catches the attention of coaches and scouts, particularly when Lasley's position workout was loaded with bobbles, drops and double catches.

The combine can be a tricky place; it all depends on who can capitalize on the moment. Now a young offense with Saquon Barkley, Allen, Njoku, and Coleman will be great for years to come.

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