Why the Browns should select Saquon Barkley

Mar 2, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions Saquon Barkley running back goes through workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With the fourth overall selection in the Full Press Coverage mock draft, the Cleveland Browns selected running back Saquon Barkley. The Browns find a dynamic player to add to an offense that has made plenty of solid additions this offseason.

Barkley would instantly transform a Cleveland offense that finished last in the league in points per game. He would be slotted in as Cleveland’s starting running back after last year’s starter, Isaiah Crowell, signed with the New York Jets.

With Barkley in the fold, it would take the pressure off Tyrod Taylor in 2018. He would also help the quarterback that will likely be drafted first overall in this year’s draft transition to the starter in 2019.

The Browns needed to pick their quarterback first overall because of the amount of quarterback-needy teams. If Cleveland selects Barkley first overall, teams could jump to the second and third overall picks to pick a quarterback in front of Cleveland. But with teams likely trading up to get quarterbacks, the Browns can get their quarterback first overall and still get Barkley fourth overall.

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Barkley is a dynamic runner that has the power to run inside the tackles. But he also has the speed necessary to get to the edge and make defenders miss on the outside. He uses an electric jump cut that leaves defenders in the dust. He also excels at catching the ball out of the backfield.

At 6 feet and 233 pounds, Barkley has the perfect size for an NFL running back. He has the strength and size that can constantly take hits from NFL defenders. He is a running back that can stay on the field for all three downs.

Click here for a full scouting report on Barkley.


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