Much to the surprise of no one, Saquon Barkley has decided to forgo his senior season to declare for the NFL Draft. Barkley is expected to be among the top selections in the first round of the draft, set for April 26 in Arlington, Texas.
Barkley’s career at Penn State was nothing short of brilliant, re-writing the program’s record books in three seasons after claiming the starting spot as a true freshman. Barkley finished his career with 5,538 all-purpose yards and 53 touchdowns.
Barkley was also known for his tenacious work ethic that motivated his teammates, leading his team both on and off the field. It certainly showed in his game, as Barkley was one of the most complete backs in recent memory. He had the power to run between the tackles, the speed to bounce it outside and scamper to the end zone untouched, the vision and agility to fake a defender out of his shoes, and the hands and route-running ability to be among the team’s best receivers. Basically, you have to look long and hard to find any areas of weakness in Barkley’s game.
Barkley is currently rated as the number one overall prospect by Mel Kiper Jr. While a quarterback is ultimately expected to go first overall, Barkley shouldn’t have to wait very long to hear his name called.
Thanks for all the memories, Saquon. Here’s to a long and legendary NFL career.