Saquon Barkley’s position might be the only thing that gets in the way of making him the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.
He knows that. He also knows that there are no guarantees with the quarterbacks in the field, and if it were up to him, nobody would bat an eye at a running back going No. 1 overall.
Barkley was featured NFL Films’ show “Hey Rookie, Welcome to the NFL,” where he offered up some honest comments about his draft stock.
“I don’t think it’s fair because of my position that I shouldn’t go No. 1,” Barkley said on the show, which will premiere tonight on the NFL Network. “If you think I’m the best player in the draft, take me. Don’t look at ‘Oh, a running back is going to give you 7-10 years and a quarterback is going to give you 15 years.’ That’s not necessarily true.
“The only thing we can go off right now is film and I don’t think anybody’s film doesn’t even compare to mine to be completely honest.
“The fact that I’m a running back and I can’t go No. 1 doesn’t make sense. This is no disrespect to any guys who won Heisman Trophies or who won awards over me, but I just don’t think they’re on the same level as me.”
“I just don’t think that they are on the same level as me.” There’s no doubt in @saquon‘s mind who should be #1 at the #NFLDraft ☝️#HeyRookie premieres tonight!@PennStateFball pic.twitter.com/KEyWRh30nG
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) April 10, 2018
Who’s to say Barkley is wrong? Maybe the Browns will surprise everyone and make Barkley the first running back to go No. 1 since fellow former Penn State star Ki-Jana Carter in 1995.
Barkley surely made a strong case.