#26
Saquon Barkley
Carries Yards TD
217 1271 18
Team: Penn State Nittany LionsHeight: 5-11 Born: 2/7/1997
Position: RBWeight: 230 Hometown: Coplay, Pennsylvania
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

Born in the Bronx, Barkley is the son of former WBC middleweight champion Iran Barkley. He moved to Pennsylvania, where he went on to become Mr. Football for Class AAA/AAAA in 2014 while also winning the gold medal in the 100-meter dash.

A four-star recruit, Barkley missed his first two games at Penn State in 2015 but still went on to rack up five 100-yard rushing games and was second in the nation among true freshmen with 1,076 yards. The following season, he led the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (140.86 yards per game) and 22 total touchdowns while finishing second with 1,496 rushing yards. Named a team captain before the 2017 season, Barkley went on to become the first FBS player since 2000 to top 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a season, and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Barkley set numerous Penn State records before declaring early for the draft. He passed Larry Johnson as the program's career all-purpose yards leader (5,538), broke Lydell Mitchell's marks of 43 rushing and 53 total touchdowns and joined Evan Royster as the only Penn State players with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

ANALYSIS

Barkley is an outstanding all-around athlete and home-run threat as a runner, receiver and return man. He is extremely elusive with the ball in his hands, using his compact frame, quick feet and a variety of moves to escape blockers in the backfield or at the second level. Barkley has the vision and the lateral burst to get to the corner or exploit cut-back lanes and has more than enough speed to run away from would-be tacklers. He also displays solid hands and good route-running skills.

If there are areas of his game to nitpick, Barkley needs to refine his pass blocking and become disciplined in following designed holes in the NFL, where trying to find the end zone on every carry will lead to more negative plays.

PROJECTION

First Round

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Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2017 PSU  13 2 2 100.0 36 18.0 1 0 0 0
Career   38 2 2 100.0 36 18.0 1 0 0 0

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2015 PSU  11 182 1076 5.9 7 20 161 8.1 1
2016 PSU  14 272 1496 5.5 18 28 402 14.4 4
2017 PSU  13 217 1271 5.9 18 54 632 11.7 3
Career   38 671 3843 5.7 43 102 1195 11.7 8

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2016 PSU  14 0 0 - 0 3 74 24.7 0
2017 PSU  13 0 0 - 0 15 426 28.4 2
Career   38 0 0 - 0 18 500 27.8 2

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/2/2017 Akron 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 14 172 12.3 2 80 3 54 18.0 0 43
9/9/2017 Pitt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 14 88 6.3 1 22 4 45 11.3 1 46
9/16/2017 GaSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 10 47 4.7 0 33 4 142 35.5 1 85
9/23/2017 @ Iowa 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 28 211 7.5 1 44 12 94 7.8 0 15
9/30/2017 Ind 1 1 16 100.0 1 0 16 20 56 2.8 0 8 4 51 12.8 0 36
10/7/2017 @ NW 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 16 75 4.7 2 53 2 9 4.5 0 8
10/21/2017 Mich 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 15 108 7.2 2 69 3 53 17.7 1 42
10/28/2017 @ OhioSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 21 44 2.1 1 36 4 23 5.8 0 10
11/4/2017 @ MSU 1 1 20 100.0 0 0 20 14 63 4.5 0 36 3 33 11.0 0 20
11/11/2017 Rut 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 14 35 2.5 2 11 1 20 20.0 0 0
11/18/2017 Neb 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 17 158 9.3 3 65 6 66 11.0 0 24
11/25/2017 @ MD 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 16 77 4.8 2 17 1 4 4.0 0 4
12/30/2017 Wash 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 18 137 7.6 2 92 7 38 5.4 0 12