Saquon Barkley wants to be Browns’ LeBron James
Saquon Barkley’s representation apparently doesn’t want the star running back to go to the Cleveland Browns, who own the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. However, Barkley shot down their suggestion of demanding the Browns not to draft him.
“He told me, ‘If I can be LeBron James in Cleveland and turn that program around and win the Super Bowl, it would be the best thing I’ve done in my life,'” Cunningham said. “Who thinks like that? Nobody wants to go to the Browns, and here he is saying, ‘I want a statue. I want to be that image for Cleveland.'”
With two picks in the top five, Barkley’s got a decent chance of going to the Browns. Although, odds are the Browns will likely take a quarterback at No. 1, which would open the door for the Giants to take him at No. 2.
But even if Barkley does end up landing in Cleveland, he’ll have his work cut out for him in terms of turning the long-suffering franchise around. As good a running back as he could potentially be, his overall impact on the team’s success will still be somewhat limited compared to LeBron.
Still, his comments are indicative of his ambition and his self-belief that he has his sights set on emulating what James did with the Cavs. As to whether he’ll actually get the chance to be the LeBron of the Browns, the draft is just a few days away so he won’t have to wait much longer to find out.