Saquon Barkley is one of the top prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft, and many believe he will be selected within the first five picks when the draft kicks off in just under two weeks. But could the Penn State running back end up being the first player off the board?
There is no consensus No. 1 pick in this year’s class, but Barkley’s college head coach, James Franklin, believes he should be the first name out of Roger Goodell’s mouth at AT&T Stadium.
Franklin made the case for Barkley when speaking to the Akron Beacon Journal.
“Not only is (Barkley) an impact guy from Day 1, but he’s a guy that I think can be a part of really getting that organization where everybody wants it to be, and you guys are close,” Franklin said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
“I think everybody would agree with that. So you get a few players like this, and then all the sudden the tide turns, and my man John Dorsey’s a genius, and he deserves that. And same thing with (coach) Hue (Jackson). There’s nothing I’d like to see better than to see John and Hue get that thing rolling. As we all know, there’s a few players that can change college programs and there’s a few players that can change NFL organizations for 10 years, and I think he’s got a chance to be one of those guys.”
During his career with the Nittany Lions, Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns. Barkley was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree while winning the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year award in his two most productive seasons. Barkley was a consensus All-American in his final year at Penn State, finishing fourth in Heisman voting in third in Maxwell Award voting.