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"I think the value of the running back gets more important when he's one of your more important offensive weapons, and how a coach can use him", said Snead, whose Rams offense was built masterfully by Sean McVay around Gurley.

The Cleveland Browns now own the first and fourth overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.

While plenty of top National Football League prospects hope to go to a good team with a chance of contention, former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley would have no problem going to a struggling team.

In the 2017 Rose Bowl game, Barkley's 79-yard destruction of USC's defense on a mind-numbing touchdown run launched his Heisman candidacy for the next season.

"If there's a guy worthy of being the second pick of a draft - and what we're basically saying if we answer that question to the affirmative, you're drafting what you think's gonna be a Hall of Fame player - you can't get too cute about the whole thing", Gettleman said. "Joe Douglas and I tell Dom all the time that he deserves a lot of credit for Corey".

And that brings us to Barkley, whose hype is overshadowed only by the potentially unprecedented depth of this year's quarterback class. The Jets pick sixth. He could be a good starting running back for them.

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"I see a lot of mock this and mock that, but you can't get caught up in it", Barkley said. "When I run, I really think about him every time and when I go back and watch him, I'm like, 'I really run like this dude, man.' It's insane. I would be absolutely stunned if he doesn't go in the top five". The back from Penn State is widely regarded as the best overall prospect in the draft.

"Marcus Allen is a safety that's great in the box, will strike you, will get after people in the run game", Mayock said. They only won one game, but they were in a lot of games.

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. NY ranked No. 26 in rushing yards in 2017 and No. 29 in 2016, which was due as much to the porous offensive line as it was the lack of talent at running back. Well, the Cleveland Browns own the top pick, and, as usual, they'll have to decide between addressing their greatest need and taking the best player available.

Reaction: When you draw up what the ideal running back looks like in terms of height and weight, this is about it. Barkley doesn't carry 233 pounds like many might.

I say take him at 4 if he's there, but go ahead and take Darnold at No. 1. "That's something you'll leave a legacy".

"I've never wanted to be like anybody", Barkley said. "I try to model myself after that". "Being part of something special".


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