Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

NFL Draft: Saquon Barkley's agent disputes report

NFL Draft: Saquon Barkley's agent disputes report

Sports Illustrated, which claimed in a profile on Barkley that Roc Nation wants him to request that the Browns not draft him, stood by its reporting.

Saquon Barkley is viewed by many as the best player in the National Football League draft, one in which several quarterbacks are expected to go very early and where the Browns hold both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.

The athletic freak out of Penn State is threatening to go incredibly early despite being a running back, but a reports surfaced that people in his camp wanted no part of him being in Cleveland. Barkley signed with Roc Nation and the group has a 15-person team around him, working tirelessly to make him the new face of the NFL. "We know he will be a resounding success for any team fortunate enough to select him'". He believes that if he brings a championship to the Land, as LeBron did, he'll be hailed as the best athlete of his generation and have a statue built in his honor.

Barkley is widely regarded as the No. 1 overall prospect, however, which is certainly reason to consider him as the top pick.

In the years that have followed, any time a player has refused to play for a team that may intend to draft them, it's been said that players are, "Pulling an Eli".

Manning, of course, forced the Chargers hands when he said prior to the 2004 NFL Draft when he said he did not want to play for San Diego prior to the Giants acquire him on a Draft day deal in exchange for Philip Rivers, a third-round pick and two first-round picks the following year. While his agents are on-board for that plan, they reportedly don't want it playing out in Cleveland.

There appears to be a very good chance quarterbacks go with the first three picks, which would give the Browns a second shot at Barkley at No. 4, assuming Cleveland keeps that pick.

Rosen is in contention to go No. 1 overall, as are three other quarterbacks, listed in order of consensus expectation: Southern Cal's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. Louis Riddick, once a Giants general manager candidate, said he thinks there is a lot of internal support for Barkley.

According to Ben Baskin of Sports Illustrated, the former Penn State star's reps "implored" him to publicly say that he won't play for the Browns.

However, there probably is some truth to that reports as Barkley was seen recently sporting some New York Giants gear (they own the No. 2 pick).

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