Saquon Barkley hires Roc Nation

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One of the top tailback prospects in the upcoming NFL draft has joined the representation firm founded several years ago by Jay Z.

Saquon Barkley has hired Roc Nation Sports. The two-time Big 10 offensive player of the year joins the firm that represents Rams running back Todd Gurley and Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Both were top-10 draft picks.

The firm also represents Browns coach Hue Jackson, and the Browns hold the first and fourth overall pick in the draft.

Of course, Barkley could be gone by the time the fourth pick is used; Colts owner Jim Irsay, during a Monday stream-of-consciousness press conference, at one point mentioned that the Colts now need to find another Edgerrin James-type running back. James was the fourth overall pick back in 1999; the Colts hold the third overall pick this year.

At a time when plenty of competent running backs can be found at any/every round of the draft, more and more are being taken at the top of round one. Fournett (No. 4) and Christian McCaffrey (No. 8) were top-10 picks in 2017. Ezekiel Elliott was the fourth overall pick in 2016.

The Browns last took a top-10 running back in 2012, moving up from No. 4 to No. 3 to get Trent Richardson. They later traded him to the Colts for a first-round pick. Richardson’s failure in both cities is one of the main reasons why both teams would be/should be thinking about Barkley now.

23 responses to “Saquon Barkley hires Roc Nation

  1. With the Browns having #1 and #4, I think they have to take him at #1 as one of the QBs will still be there at 4.

    Now if Barkley fell to the Giants at #2 they better stay far the hell away from him.

  2. Hires a satan worshipper as his agent. Must have sold his soul like jay z’s best friend lebron did to make it.

  3. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm
    Why spend a top-10 pick on a running back when you can get a Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, or Alvin Kamara in the second or third round?

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    Yup, alot of good RB talent coming out. Grab a stud in the 2nd for sure.

  4. Credit due to Roc Nation. Most were hating on them when the first formed. Predictably, they had no clue what they were talking about. Now they’re not only attracting top talent on the field, they’re getting the best agents in the business.

  5. It’s funny so many people hate on Roc Nation. If you look at their clientele they seem to be doing just fine and they boast some of the most marketable athletes in sports. They’ve also done a great job at getting their clientele the best contracts they could receive. Aligning with Jay-Z is a powerful play, hope Barkley has a successful career and makes a ton of $$$.

  6. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm
    Why spend a top-10 pick on a running back when you can get a Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, or Alvin Kamara in the second or third round?

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    a LOT of talent in this year’s draft at RB but I don’t know if any is in the same stratosphere as Barkley.

  7. In Teddy We Trust says:

    January 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Why spend a top-10 pick on a running back when you can get a Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, or Alvin Kamara in the second or third round

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    Because this is the 2018 draft, not 2017. Those players aren’t available every year. Last year was an exceptional year for RBs. To pass on a player the caliber of Barkley because there might be somee player in round 2, is silly.

  8. He had a mediocre second half of the season. His overall college career is less impressive than Zeke’s. I think he is a middle to late first rounder. The good news is he will get to meet Beyonce after signing with her husband’s agency.

  9. I have watched every game Barkley played at PSU, many in person. He’s a special talent. PSU’s O-line was dealing with injuries in the 2nd half of this season plus teams were putting 3-5 players on him. Watch last years Rose Bowl again. Simply amazing!

  10. Pro Football Focus tracks yards before contact, or how far do you run before the first defender touches you. For Barkley, the average was NEGATIVE half a yard. So he routinely gets contacted behind the line of scrimmage. Just let that sink in and imagine how poor the OL must have been and how great Barkley must be to succeed in that situation.

    Zeke would cry to his mommy if he ever had to run behind that swiss cheese OL.

    Barkley is not some college RB who benefitted by running through big holes like Trent Richardson. He had to earn every yard.

    And Barkley actually played in his bowl because he didn’t want to let his teammates down. He’s team first, not me first like Fournette and McCaffrey.

  11. 4 teams have used a top 10 pick on a rb the last 3 years. 3 of those teams are in the playoffs and the forth probably would had been if Zek didnt get suspended 6 games.

  12. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm
    Why spend a top-10 pick on a running back when you can get a Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, or Alvin Kamara in the second or third round?

    This is absurd thinking and revisionist history to the nth degree. You don’t know who’s going to be good and not good. Clearly if they had to do it all over again, they’d draft Kareem Hunt in the top 10. Brady would be #1, and your QB, Bridgewater, would be a 4th round pick.

  13. Spending a top 5 draft pick on a RB is insanity, you can find very very good to elite RB’s in rounds 2-3. Look at Arizona RB/WR David Johnson who is arguably the NFLs best most complete RB, he was a 3rd round draft pick because he came from tiny Northern Ill, You can find great backs later in the draft. 1st round RBs have the highest draft bust rate of all positions, you might as well draft a transcendent talent at a premium position with that pick. Or trade back to the mid 1st round with a team looking to draft a QB and pick up even more draft picks to build up that garbage roster of IND’s.

  14. dxm091n says:
    January 3, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 3, 2018 at 2:36 pm
    Why spend a top-10 pick on a running back when you can get a Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, or Alvin Kamara in the second or third round?

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    Yup, alot of good RB talent coming out. Grab a stud in the 2nd for sure.

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    Right, but we’re talking about the Browns here. We need to keep it as simple and easy as possible, given draft day dumbness of the last ten years. Maybe the Steelers or Ravens draft geniuses could pluck sleepers out of the second or third rounds, but the Browns shaky front office guys – including Dorsey – should take the plainly simple baby steps needed to grab the obvious choices right in front of them.

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