Combine workouts: Brown bleak, Barkley a freak

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Still, Barkley was satisfied with how he performed in the receiving drills, which he considers a vital component of his game. The 6-9, 309-pounder breezed through the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds (with a remarkable 1.67-second 10-yard split), while also posting a 31.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump.

His explosiveness across the three events was jaw dropping, especially considering his measurables.

He has another chance to impress at his pro day in a couple of weeks.

His workout numbers match up favourably with one of the league's top backs, Ezekiel Elliott.

The last time a running back was the first overall selection was 1995, when Ki-Jana Carter - also a Penn State product - was picked by the Bengals. It was the most incredible thing I've ever seen.

The Browns did say their number one pick is available, so if the Broncos really coveted Barkley, they could trade the farm and trade up, but that's not likely to happen. Only one player before Barkley had ever posted a 40-plus inch vertical leap and 29-plus bench reps: 2017 No. 1 pick Myles Garrett, who was considered an absolute freak of an athlete.

With interior linemen and running back being team needs for the Bills organization, there should have been many Bills fans watching. Wells and Davis had a vertical of 33.5 inches and Fannin's was 37.5.

The defensive linemen and linebackers are scheduled to meet with the NFL Players Association, undergo psychological testing, take the bench-press test, hold press conferences and participate in interviews with NFL team representatives. According to NFL Research, the Cleveland Browns' future Hall of Fame offensive lineman Joe Thomas did 28 in 2007 at the combine. "Brown is 6'8" and weighs 360 pounds, yet only benched 14 reps of 225 pounds.

Barkley punctuated his week at the combine with a drills performance that had National Football League scouts still chatting as they left Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Barkley is widely viewed as a top-five draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns picking first overall and the New York Giants picking second overall would nearly certainly have interest in drafting him higher than Denver, and the Browns have two picks to play with in front of the Broncos.

"You want to be a part of something like that".

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