Penn State RB Saquon Barkley announced he will abandon his comparison year with a Nittany Lions and request for early eligibility to enter a 2018 NFL Draft, adding one of a chosen rushers in college football to a breeze pool. He suggested his intentions around Instagram:
A post common by Saquon Barkley (@sb_xxvi) on Dec 31, 2017 during 5:14pm PST
Barkley capped a shining three-year career with a win over Washington in a Fiesta Bowl, mixing distance (5-foot-11, 230 pounds) and energy with a speed and elusiveness of a smaller back. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and averaged some-more than 5 yards per lift in any of his 3 seasons during PSU. NFL scouts will also find an achieved receiver in their evaluations of a junior. He posted his best receiving deteriorate in 2017 (47 catches, 594 yards), and has shown a ability to not usually locate shade passes though is effective on downfield routes, as well.
College underclassmen have until a Jan. 15 deadline to record for early breeze eligibility.
Barkley won a Paul Hornung Award this year as a nation’s many versatile player, and was also named Big Ten Offensive Player of a Year. He has drawn comparisons to some of a tip immature rushers in a NFL, including Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson. NFL.com researcher Chad Reuter believes he has a strong opportunity to strech a Pro Bowl early in his career.
Other using backs who intend to enter a breeze as underclassmen embody Tennessee’s John Kelly and Miami’s Mark Walton.
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