2017 Paul Hornung Award Finalist
2017 Maxwell Award Finalist
2017 Doak Walker Award Finalist
2017 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award Semifinalist
Saquon Barkley breaks a 41-yard run for a touchdown on this play. Right off the bat, he’s able to get skinny, get through the mud, and break the run outside, all while breaking a few tackles, too. In addition to doing all of this, Saquon is also able to stay aware of his surroundings and finding the open field. All things considered, this is a next level play.
First off, Saquon Barkley had nowhere to go on this play and I understand that. However, this is a north and south game and he has to move the ball upfield. He tries to change directions and move towards the left side of the field, but that’s quickly stopped. What would have been a one-yard loss is now a four-yard loss.
I hate the finish on this play because Saquon takes his eyes off of the ball and gets lucky, but this is a heck of a run. Look for a team to use Barkley as a two-dimensional player and as one that will make an impact as a pass threat.
While Saquon Barkley ran faster than Alvin Kamara at the NFL Combine, they’re both really similar on the field. We saw the impact that Kamara had in his rookie year with the Saints, and depending on the situation that he’s brought into, we could see the same from Saquon Barkley.
Saquon Barkley is a duel-threat running back that’s going to make an impact at the next level. He runs with poise and awareness and fights for yardage. He’s able to get skinny and fight through the defensive line, speedy enough to outrun defenders, and has the vision to find the open field for positive yards. All of this, combined with a monster performance at the NFL Combine, and Saquon Barkley will find himself coming off the draft board in the top ten. He has some noticeable flaws, but most of that should get refined with NFL coaching.