Saquon Barkley Just Put On One Of The Best NFL Combine Performances In History

Bryan Brandom
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Saquon Barkley’s career at Penn State was so impressive, he could have shown up to the NFL combine and performed the “Spongebob Squarepants” theme in lieu of participating in each event and he still would have easily been the first running back selected in April’s NFL draft.

Thankfully, he didn’t do that, instead displaying an unheard of blend of size, speed, and leaping ability.

Despite his considerable 233-pound frame, he led all running backs with a 41-inch vertical leap.

He also led running backs in the bench press, tying Georgia’s Nick Chubb with 29 reps of 225 pounds.

Barkley also finished second among running backs in the 40-yard dash with an official time of 4.4 seconds (it was initially 4.41). The only back to finish ahead of him was North Carolina State’s Nyheim Hines, who’s 35 pounds lighter.

Barkley’s dash time is better than those posted by present-day stud receivers Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham, and Julio Jones.

No one’s run a dash that fast at Barkley’s weight or more since 2007, when Calvin Johnson ran a 4.35-second dash at 239 pounds.

Because of the depth at his position and because undrafted and late-round guys regularly outperform those ahead of them, very few running backs get picked in the top five of the draft. But Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette recently bucked that trend, going fourth overall in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Barkley’s combine blew each of theirs out of the water.

The New York Giants own the second overall pick and have been terrible in the running game for almost a decade now. While that’s not necessarily all on the backs, Barkley’s showing in 2017 and this week may be too convincing to pass up on him.

Here’s four more tweets about the absurdity of Barkley’s combine performance, in case the above wasn’t evidence enough.