Before the start of the 2018 NFL draft, it was widely anticipated that Barkley would be selected in the top 10 of the selection. Barkley’s stock continued to rise in the weeks preceding the NFL Combine, which was held in Indianapolis.
He was predicted by some mock drafts to go as high as the second overall pick by late February 2018, the highest selection for a running back since Reggie Bush in 2006.
Mel Kiper Jr., an ESPN draft analyst who has always opposed taking running backs in the first round of the NFL draft, stated of Barkley, “Barkley is a once-in-a-lifetime talent, clubs that pass on this young man will be regretful.”
Barkley had a performance in the combine that received a lot of attention. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and did 29 bench presses with 225 pounds of weight, which tied him for the most reps of any running back who participated in the combine.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Cleveland Browns “seriously considered” selecting Barkley first overall. If they had done so, he would have become the first running back taken first overall since Ki-Jana Carter in 1995.
When Was Saquon Barkley Drafted?
Saquon Barkley was drafted in 2018. He was drafted by the New York Giants with the second overall selection.