Saquon Barkley just proved himself as one of the greatest athletes in NFL Combine history.
While we'd heard of Barkley performing some astonishing athletic feats in college, you've often got to take such anecdotes with a grain of salt. But after watching the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year dominate the marquee Combine events, any lingering skepticism regarding his raw athletic abilities has been thoroughly squashed.
Barkley's results included a 4.40 40-Yard Dash, a 41-inch Vertical Jump and 29 reps on the 225-pound Bench Press test.
This tweet from NFL Research really sums it up best:
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at 2018 Combine: - Stronger than Joe Thomas
- Quicker than DeSean Jackson
- Faster than Devin Hester
- Jumps higher than Julio Jones@PennStateFball pic.twitter.com/usgR6vJvOn — NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 2, 2018
Barkley told Kim Jones of NFL Network that he would not be performing the Broad Jump, 60-Yard Shuttle or 3-Cone Drill at the Combine. His game tape shows some ludicrous lateral agility, so perhaps he'll perform the shuttle drills at his Pro Day.
As if Barkley's results weren't impressive enough, they're even more eye-popping considering he measured in at 6-foot, 233 pounds. That made him one of the heaviest running backs at this year's Combine, yet his frame seems to contain nothing but muscle. All these metrics add up to make Barkley an absolute nightmare for defenders. Now, the question is what backfield he'll find himself lining up in next season.