Saquon Barkley is ridiculous.
We didn’t need him running around in tights in the beginning of March to know that. Apparently some did, but that’s neither here nor there.
Obviously the former Penn State star was going to dominate in Indianapolis. The only question was just how dominant the No. 1 running back would look.
Um, extremely dominant?
Barkley put up 29 bench press reps on Thursday, and he followed that up with some explosive marks on Friday. Barkley ran a 4.40-second 40-yard dash, he recorded a 1.54-second 10-yard split and his vertical jump was a ridiculous 41 inches.
So just how insane were those marks? NFL Research put that in perspective:
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at 2018 Combine:
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 2, 2018
It’s been that kind of weekend for Barkley, who didn’t really have much higher to go than his likely top-5 selection. At the very least, he’s proving that he’s absolutely worth the hype.
Perhaps the best question is where Barkley’s combine ranks in the history of the event. It’s hard to compare the 233-pound tailback to everyone else, but perhaps only the 266-pound Jadeveon Clowney (4.53-second 40, 1.56-second 10-yard split) would compare from a “freaks” standpoint.
And actually, Barkley put up 8 more bench press reps than Clowney and he beat his vertical jump by 3.5 inches.
The Joe Thomas/DeSean Jackson/Devin Hester/Julio Jones numbers probably tell enough of the story.
But here’s one more comparison to put Barkley’s speed in perspective:
Saquon Barkley vs Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, & Odell Beckham Jr in the 40-Yard Dash. DUDE IS IS A BEAST pic.twitter.com/vMtrpvqOTz
— NOT_SCTop10 (@NOTSCTop10PIays) March 2, 2018