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NFL Scouting Combine Review: Running Backs

04 March, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Christina Hansen
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Well, if you want a victor from the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, you technically could list the San Francisco 49ers, who won their high-profile coin toss over the Oakland Raiders on Friday.

From a running back standpoint, Penn State's Saquon Barkley was already drawing heavy interest from numerous teams looking to fill a need at the position, but after seeing how dominant he was in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, the interest for some teams may have hit a whole new level. So after a strong performance at the NFL Combine, here are seven teams that should strongly consider trading up for Barkley in the upcoming draft to help improve their backfield.

As is always the case with these things, there were players who hurt their draft stock and those that pushed themselves up draft boards with a good performance.

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The most glaring are the 14 reps on the bench press and being yelled at by coaches.

And for comparison, when Dallas Cowboys standout Ezekiel Elliott took part in the 2016 combine, he recorded a 31-inch vertical and 4.47 second 40-dash at 6-feet, 225 pounds.

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NC State's Nyheim Hines ran the fastest time among the running backs at 4.38 seconds.

The poor performances did not stop there, he ran a ploddingly slow 5.86 secs in the 40-yard dash, per NFL.com. In the meantime, other running backs get to impress and drive up their stock. He finished with the third-longest broad jump among running backs as well, jumping 126 inches.

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