"I think every draft has a generational player in the draft, and the key is to highlight him and then pick him", Shurmur said. If you're a diehard football fan that is anxiously counting down the days to the 2018 NFL Draft, this week is all about you! "I think once they see me actually move - they have seen me play - once they see me do the drills and run the 40 I think I'll move up a little bit". They have a lot of young talent.
Barkley certainly appears to be a guy who could help rebuild the Cleveland Browns, who own the No. 1 overall pick.
Speaking of Penn State, Barkley, the Heisman Trophy finalist, claims the top spot on many draft experts' big boards. The running backs and offensive linemen are up first.
The Browns should get a really good player at No. 4, but the Browns also should have won a Super Bowl by now, and that hasn't happened. But after racking up almost 200 catches and 3,000 receiving yards the past two seasons, he's no secret anymore.
"That's where the game is going", Barkley said. If he can run this fast and come close to 40 reps in the bench press, he could make himself some money. That's something I strive to be.
"I would put him in the category as (Leonard) Fournette, (Todd) Gurley and Zeke Elliott, all of whom have been top-10 picks and made their teams better immediately".
Sure, all eyes may be on Barkley - but that doesn't mean Gesicki doesn't have room to impress.
The Colts have 13 players from last year's team set to become unrestricted free agents at that time, so if they were hoping to bring any of them back, this week could serve as a prime opportunity to hash out those details with their representatives.
Duke Dawson - Doesn't have the prototypical height seen in most defensive backs, but Dawson is an aggressive corner.
"This is an important part of the entire equation", Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said as the week began at the Indiana Convention Center. "This whole myth of devaluing running backs, I find it kind of comical". They're the last four top-10 backs. I would throw Quenton Nelson, the guard from Notre Dame, in there, and Minkah Fitzpatrick, the safety/corner from Alabama, and for some teams Vita Vea for defensive tackle. Any of them might make lovely accessories to Barkley.
Barkley may be that great player.
The former Sun Devil came in as one of the bigger backs at the combine.
"There were times [Vikings cap manager] Rob [Brzezinski] and I would just sit down and try to cut through some of the nonsense over a beer", Baratz said, "and talk frankly". "I can do it all".
Robinson, who now is an analyst for Pro Football Focus and the quarterback coach at The Quarterback Ranch in Southlake, Texas, said the week-long process is both mentally and physically exhausting, with unique requirements that all of the athletes must endure to earn a job. "But it said that I wasn't afraid to tackle and that I needed to improve on my one-on-one coverage".