Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley has yet to even embark on his NFL career, but WWE may be sowing the seeds for his potential jump to professional wrestling.
Penn State tweeted Wednesday that a WWE scout was in attendance for the team's pro day ahead of the 2018 NFL draft:
WWE has often monitored the collegiate and pro ranks to identify football players who could successfully transition to wrestling. Roman Reigns, Mojo Rawley, Baron Corbin and Big E are among the current stars who started out in football, and The Rock is the most famous example.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Dave Meltzer (h/t Wrestling Inc's Joshua Gagnon) reported in February that WWE had expressed interest in offering a contract to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
While it's not known whether WWE was at Penn State's pro day to specifically scout Barkley, the 2017 consensus All-American was apparently a skilled amateur wrestler.
According to Land of 10's Corey Masisak, Barkley stopped wrestling after middle school to focus on football, but the wrestling coach at Whitehall High School in Pennsylvania said Barkley "probably would have been a district champion, maybe a regional champion" if he would've taken up the sport in his senior year.