1. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
There’s just one question – what’s with the disappearing act in so many games?
He’s never going to be a battering ram who’ll crank out the hard three yards on a regular basis, and he’ll be dropped way too often for something negative, but if you can wait for the wow moment, be patient. It’s coming.
Can he be a difference-making No. 1 NFL back like an Elliott, Fournette or Gurley? Of course, and if you’re the Cleveland Browns, this is the guy who’ll make whatever quarterback you have a whole lot more relaxed.
In terms of personality, attitude, want-to, speed, quickness, 5-11, 225-pound size, and hands, he’s the complete package.
It’s not like he wasn’t used last year – he touched the ball almost 300 times – but he only carried the ball more than 18 times in three games and was stuffed in two of them, ending up with 56 yards on 20 carries against Indiana and 44 yards on 21 carries against Ohio State.
But he returned the opening kickoff for a score against the Buckeyes, showing off the home run-hitting speed to also do this …
You don’t need to worry about his attitude, you don’t need to worry about him being a diva, you don’t need to take him off the field, and you don’t have to overthink this.
He might just be the best player in the 2018 NFL Draft.