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Has Saquon Barkley lifted himself into the top draft spot?

04 March 2018, 01:45 | Stacy Ballard

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The highly-touted offensive lineman out of Oklahoma has the size, and the tape for that matter, but he did himself no favors at the 2018 Combine. He measured in at 6-foot and 233 pounds. Things got even worse when he ran a slow 40-yard dash and put up historically low numbers in the vertical and broad jumps. And in last place was New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara.

Who would you like to see the Minnesota Vikings select with the #30 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft? First of all, Barkley bench-pressed 29 reps of 225 pounds. He will still most likely be a first-round pick, but in my eyes, he showed a lack of preparation, a lack of commitment, and displayed poor effort. If you were impressed with Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson bench-pressing 35 reps, allow me to inform you that Hernandez benched 37, the most of any offensive lineman this year.

It is time for the quarterbacks to let their skills do the talking.

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Before the prospects take the field, they undergo physical and mental tests. He ran 4.52 seconds in the 40 at 227 pounds. According to NFL.com research, there have only been 4 players since 2003 to post slower times.

The almost 6-foot-8, 345-pound left tackle managed just 14 reps on the 225-pound bench press Thursday, the lowest total of any lineman who has lifted at the combine this week.

Pro Football Reference offered even more historical perspective: the website has combine data going back to 2000, and only one player can match or better Barkley's output in the bench, vertical and 40 - tight end Vernon Davis, in 2006.

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