Should Saquon Barkley go No. 1 overall at the NFL Draft?
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Should Saquon Barkley go No. 1 overall at the NFL Draft?

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Saquon Barkley electrified scouts at the NFL Combine, showing off explosive speed and strength. He is the number one prospect in a lot of NFL Draft rankings, but should he be taken first overall? The former Penn State running back played like a man amongst boys in college, showing he has the physical and mental tools to be a superstar in the league. Still, running back has become a less emphasized position, and spending an overall pick on one would be a waste. What do you think? 🏈

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Everyone's talking about the quarterback position as the No. 1 spot, but what's wrong with taking one of the most exciting running back prospects to come out of college in a while? 

Barkley has all the physical tools to be an every-down back in the NFL. His NFL combine performance only confirmed what he can do in a game. He ran a faster 40-yard-dash time than Ezekiel Elliott, bench-pressed 225 pounds more times than Luke Kuechly and jumped higher than Odell Beckham, Jr. at their respective combines. Combine that with his vision between the tackles and you have a can't-miss superstar you would be foolish to pass on. Barkley is going No. 1 overall.

Barkley would have been a great No. 1 overall pick—20 years ago. Barkley is the best running back in this draft class, but picking him first overall would be a poor decision. Running backs just aren't as important as they used to be. Most teams have adopted a two-running-back system where they can plug in a player situationally instead grinding one into a pulp every week. 

No. 1 overall picks need to be franchise-defining players that can play for a while, like a quarterback to lead the offense or an unstoppable defensive tackle that commands double or triple teams. The NFL has become a pass-happy league, and running backs just aren't used as often as they used to be. No running back is worth wasting a No. 1 pick on in this era.

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