The New York Giants are very much in the race to grab Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but how does he stack up against other running backs?
Here’s a list of several other running backs entering the draft this year, according to CBS Sports:
How do these running backs compare to Barkley, and how can we apply these measurements to ability in the NFL?
Barkley stands at 6’0″ and weighs in at 233-pounds, far and away the heaviest back in this running back group. A five pound difference for a running back is a big one for all you sticklers out there.
The Penn State product has the size of a linebacker and the running ability of a premium half-back. For those that think Barkley can’t break a tackle, or can’t run through small holes, here’s a video to prove otherwise.
Saquon Barkley is simply insane. Here's the video of his 24 total touchdowns in 2017 (18 rushing, 3 receiving, 2 kickoff returns, and 1 passing). pic.twitter.com/rIatTYgJKp
— James Simpson (@JS_Football) February 27, 2018
This is all 24 of Barkley’s rushing and receiving touchdowns in 2017, and as you can see in the video, he can break tackles if need be. But his greatest talent isn’t breaking tackles, it’s his sub 4.5 40-yard dash time, and his ability to change directions on a dime. A 233-pound running back with the quickness of LeVeon Bell and the strength of Brandon Jacobs sounds awfully enticing.
#PennState RB Saquon Barkley
Hand: 9 4/8
Arm: 31 3/8
Wingspan: 74 2/8
Just benched 225…….29 times.
— Jared Tokarz (@NFLDraftInsider) March 1, 2018
Adding a piece like Barkley to the offense would be a huge step up for the Giants, but they must build a quality offensive line around him, otherwise he will be a waste of talent.
— NFL (@NFL) March 1, 2018
Barkley additionally put up 29 reps on the bench press, which is absurd for a running back. Strength like that is seen in most All-Pro defensive lineman.