The Penn State Pro Day took place on Tuesday and James Franklin — the Nittany Lions coach — watched some of his most talented players from last season compete in front of NFL personnel.
Of the many extraordinary athletes to to compete in different drills and tests, RB Saquon Barkley was not one of them. Why?
Barkley tested extremely well at the NFL Combine, which took place from Feb. 27 to March 5. His — and apparently Franklin’s thought — was, why test more when you’ve already shown A-plus work?
Here’s Franklin on Barkley and other former Penn State players at the Pro Day:
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Franklin says about Barkley, “He killed the combine. Not only his test numbers, but in his interviews. He’s got great tape. And today, there’s really none of those teams here in terms of head coaches or running backs coaches, so, I think everybody’s kind of formed their opinion on him at this point, so, why do it?”
Barkley has been rumored by many to go No. 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns. That was prior to the New York Jets trading up from the No. 6 slot to the No. 3 slot with the Indianapolis Colts.
Now, many believe Barkley may not go No. 1 because the Browns will feel pressured to take their future franchise QB atop the draft. Regardless, the former Penn State stud had nothing to prove on Tuesday. He’s going to be selected very high in the upcoming draft.
There’s no question about that.
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