Running Back #26
Junior, 5’11” 225
Saquon Barkley enters the season as one of the more exciting players in all of college football. Many are ready to see where he goes in the NFL Draft.
Saquon Barkley is one of the early Heisman favorites heading into 2017 and for good reason. Barkley had a great first year for Penn State after rushing for over 1,000 yards on the year. He absolutely exploded onto the scene last year as a sophomore while rushing for nearly 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns. Barkley is a very durable runner and is a consensus top 10 pick for the draft due to his ability to do several things well to help out the offense and his knack for finding space.
Barkley is a “do-it-all” back that has the versatility to stay on the field in most situations. He has incredible speed for his size and has the footwork to go along with it. He can also be utilized in the passing game. The Penn State back can be relevant in the receiving game by peeling out of the backfield. Barkley is a rare talent and will be compared to the likes of recent early round running backs like Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette.
Barkley has not shown too much in the way of pass protection so he should focus on developing his ability to stop pass rushers and protecting his quarterback during the 2017 season. This will not drop him too much in the draft, if at all, because Fournette had the same issue in pass protection and he still went fourth overall last year. Any way you slice it Barkley will be a top guy after the 2017 season and will continue the trend of running backs going very quickly in the draft.