Reggie Bush: Saquon Barkley More NFL-Ready Than I Was Coming out of USC

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Running back Saquon Barkley #26 of the Penn State Nittany Lions runs with the ball against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Reggie Bush—who was viewed by some as the top prospect in the 2006 NFL draft after putting together a jaw-dropping career at USC—has some high praise for Saquon Barkley.

TMZ Sports caught up with Bush recently and asked him football-related questions. That's when the former No. 2 pick made it known that he would take Barkley with the top overall pick in this year's draft and that he thinks the ex-Penn State running back is more ready for the next level than he was.

"I think Saquon is more ready, prepared, going in. Just because his running style to me translates right now to the NFL. For me, my first year in the league there was a learning curve of how to run between the tackles at the NFL level.

"The college level was a different story, but at the NFL level, there was a learning curve for me. There was an adjustment period for about two years, I'd say, before I really got comfortable running between the tackles at the next level."

While Bush may not have been the transcendent player many thought he would be as a pro, he still put together a solid career. Over the course of 11 seasons and five teams, the versatile Bush piled up 5,490 rushing yards, 3,598 receiving yards, 794 punt-return yards and 58 total touchdowns. Oh, and he won a Super Bowl.

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