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Matt Barkley confident he would have been drafted ahead of RGIII

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Matt Barkley decided to keep playing quarterback at USC this year instead of entering the NFL draft. But Barkley believes that if he had entered this year’s draft, he would have been the second player taken.

Barkley said on the Dan Patrick Show that although he believes the Colts had already locked in on taking Andrew Luck first overall long before Barkley even decided whether or not to enter the draft, he definitely believed at the time that he chose to return to USC in January that he was an elite prospect.

“I had confidence that I was going to go high, it wasn’t really a question of that as to why I came back,” Barkley said. “I think it was a sure bet that Andrew was going to go No. 1.”

Asked if he thinks he — not Robert Griffin III — would have gone No. 2 after Luck went No. 1, Barkley said he does.

“I had confidence in that — I think I could have been,” Barkley said.

That’s possible, but NFL teams seemed to fall so deeply in love with Griffin at the Scouting Combine that it’s unlikely Barkley would have been drafted ahead of Griffin. A more interesting question is how the rest of the draft would have shaken out with Barkley in the mix. Maybe the trading hot spot wouldn’t have been the second overall pick, where the Redskins traded up so they could draft Griffin, but the third overall pick, which teams might have targeted to ensure that they’d get one of the three top quarterbacks.

Barkley mentioned the Redskins, Vikings and Dolphins as teams he’s heard have interest in him. The Redskins and Dolphins both ended up drafting other quarterbacks in the first round this year, so we can cross them off the list of teams that might draft Barkley in 2013, although the Vikings could be in the market for Barkley in 2013 if they have another bad season with 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder at the helm.

However, there’s no guarantee that Barkley will be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Several other quarterbacks — including Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech and Landry Jones of Oklahoma — could be a strong 2012 college football season away from being the top pick in 2013. Even if Barkley is right that he would have gone No. 2 this year, he still has a lot of work to do before NFL teams decide on their grades for him next year.

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59 Responses to “Matt Barkley confident he would have been drafted ahead of RGIII”
  1. The Deep Dig says: Jul 17, 2012 12:06 PM

    Crazy talk by Barkley designed to bring attention. Wouldn’t surprise me to him surpassed by another quarterback for the top spot.

  2. nyfcat says: Jul 17, 2012 12:08 PM

    Barkley and RG3 would’ve been neck and neck until RG3 blew it out of the water at his workout.

    RG3 probably would’ve measured 1 1/2 to 2 inches taller than Barkley.

  3. zerodime says: Jul 17, 2012 12:11 PM

    Barkley was an idiot for not coming out, who knows what will happen this year and when 3 of the top 4 teams desperately needed a QB he was going in the top four, possibly even 1,2,3 due to a trade up.

    Next year will not be as QB driven with the guys drafted in the 1st round the past 2 years.

  4. tharoostah says: Jul 17, 2012 12:15 PM

    Hes right, he would have gone 2nd. He is the first round pick this year. Suck for Barkley doesn’t rhyme but barring injury, he is the consensus number 1.

  5. rajbais says: Jul 17, 2012 12:15 PM

    Not with RG3′s big arm combined with accuracy.

    Ball location is key in the NFL these days!!! The most accurate ones are equivalent to those who hit bull’s-eye majority of the time while playing darts!!!

    The only differences are that playing darts does not require a diverse set of distances and body locations before throwing.

  6. awdlmd says: Jul 17, 2012 12:17 PM

    Doesn’t matter, for a QB it’s better to be drafted a little later in the first round. That way the team is still invested in you but you’re not expected to be the savior for a bad team. Case in point Alex Smith vs Aaron Rodgers.

  7. papabush88 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:18 PM

    Die hard USC fan here, but I think, at the end of the day, RG3 would’ve gone before Barkley in the draft. Barkley is a stud, but he actually truly needs one more year to polish his skills. He’s ready for the NFL now, but one more year will benefit him. Once he hones his accuracy on the deep balls, he will be the No. 1 pick in 2013. And it sounds like he has been improving as someone reported from the Manning Camp that Barkley’s arm is stronger than it has ever been.

  8. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 17, 2012 12:18 PM

    By draft time nobody will be talking about the Vikings drafting a quarterback.

  9. alphaq2 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:23 PM

    There is nothing wrong with staying in school, but it was not a good business decision. There were a bunch of teams in need of a QB this past draft who drafted QB’s and will not draft a QB next year. Not saying he doesn’t get drafted in the top 5 next year, but his chances were better this year. You can go back and get your degree anytime. Not a smart move imho.

  10. bigks77 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:25 PM

    Sounds like the next Matt Leinart to me! Worry about your own production this year Barkley, not where u could of landed in draft

  11. jg725 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:27 PM

    Barkley is probably a better investment for an nfl team – while griffin is a wonderful prospect and athlete – i think barkley’s game transitions into the nfl game quite a bit better than griffin’s does.

  12. skinsfan28 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:27 PM

    As a Skins fan I wanted Barkley before he decided to go back to school, but RG3 has won over DC.

    Barkley would have been their at #6 to the Skins and we would still have all those future picks (plus had a 2nd this year!). I’d still do the deal they did though!!

  13. skinsrock says: Jul 17, 2012 12:28 PM

    All three would of gone 1, 2, 3… Teams would of moved up to the 2nd & 3rd spots in the draft.

  14. exhelodrvr says: Jul 17, 2012 12:29 PM

    He’s more of a “prototypical QB” – he very likely would have gone higher; that’s a separate issue from who will ultimately be a better QB.

  15. whateverhommie says: Jul 17, 2012 12:31 PM

    If you had that confidence to go before RGIII Mr. Barkley, then you should have entered the draft.

    The fact is, YOU knew, your COACHES knew, your NFL draft adviser knew that you would fall below BOTH QB’s. So under advice of counsel, you opted to stay another year in order the improve your odds at being drafted higher and thus improve your odds at making more money.

  16. savocabol1 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:44 PM

    I honestly don’t think Barkley is going to be a good NFLer. He is a system produced QB who has taken a long time to develop. I won’t doubt that teams will reach high to get him in next years draft, but I would bet money he will be the next Matt Leinhart.

  17. 4512dawg4512 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:45 PM

    Heard the interview, this guy has BUST written all over him

  18. tlmoon2112 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:46 PM

    Barkley is an overrated QB on and overrated team with an overrated coach. Remember “we’re going to be singing Rocky Top” blah blah blah….his own wife wont even let him forget that cause she’s a UF alumni. Barkley is an average QB at best and there is NO WAY he would have interviewed better then RGIII. When I say “INTERVIEW” I mean the complete package….the pro day, the combine, the actual interviews, etc etc etc….RGIII nailed every single facet he had to nail to get the #1 overall pick. Barkley could probably do well at a few of those activities, but not all. He made the right decision to stay in school. Despite the fact that he plays for an idiot, it will help him in the long run.

  19. dexterismyhero says: Jul 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    Jets can take him next year can’t they? Don’t they need a QB?

  20. reppster says: Jul 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    I agree, if you look at pocket passers vs scramblers, pocket passers are typically better.

  21. ezmoney365 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    and i am confident that he is over valueing himself….

  22. whateverhommie says: Jul 17, 2012 12:49 PM

    jg725 says: Jul 17, 2012 12:27 PM

    Barkley is probably a better investment for an nfl team – while griffin is a wonderful prospect and athlete – i think barkley’s game transitions into the nfl game quite a bit better than griffin’s does.
    ================================

    In what way? Please explain, based on the comparison of what Barkley has done at his time at USC and that of Griffin at Baylor, shows that he is a “better investment” that RGIII?

  23. realitypolice says: Jul 17, 2012 12:50 PM

    I think Barkley has been hanging around his ego maniacal coach a little too much.

    Even if he would have been ranked #2 immediately after the season, he wouldn’t have been after the combine and personal work outs.

  24. kmossg says: Jul 17, 2012 12:52 PM

    Barkley and RG3 would’ve been neck and neck until RG3 blew it out of the water at his workout.

    RG3 probably would’ve measured 1 1/2 to 2 inches taller than Barkley.

    _____________________________

    While your statement is completely correct, I always found it funny how much height plays a role in teams decisions to draft guys, especially when its just a few inches. I mean, take your thumb and your index finger and measure out 2-3 inches. Is that really the difference between a franchise QB and a pedestrian one?

  25. Grulks says: Jul 17, 2012 12:56 PM

    I like how people are saying Barkley is the number one consensus for next year.

    Really? All you people know which team has the number one pick already, and you’re certain they need a QB?

    Barkley is likely to be a candidate for number one QB drafted, but thats about all that can be said.

  26. 5pecialk says: Jul 17, 2012 12:58 PM

    Sounds like someone who regrets not coming out this year.

  27. bosshoghussla says: Jul 17, 2012 1:00 PM

    Skins or Colts are probably going to make a fortune on some team trading up to get Barkley next year…

    both will likely draft within top 5 with neither Luck or Griffin looking like they have the mental game of an Andy Dalton.

    Barkley staying in school was the Skins ultimate blessing scenario as they may now get back some of the Farm they gave up to get RGIII (and hell, it may even be St. Louis who actually gives back the farm)

  28. thraiderskin says: Jul 17, 2012 1:07 PM

    I’ll take the college super star, from a major conference, not surounded by 5 star recruits.

  29. elmaxoh says: Jul 17, 2012 1:10 PM

    So why did he return to the NCAA instead of go to the NFL Draft ?

  30. lonespeed says: Jul 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    Logan Thomas will be the number one quarterback taken next April. The worst team in the league will be looking at Cam Newton as its model and not Jimmy Clausen.

  31. steeelfann says: Jul 17, 2012 1:22 PM

    Truth is, Barkley would have been drafted Number 1.

    Logan Thomas, Tyler Wilson, and Landry Jones would never be drafted in front of Barkley unless he totally bombs.

  32. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    How did the Combine seperate Griffin? He can run fast in a straight line? Great. He was mediocre on the Wonderlic and skipped the agility drills (because he isn’t agile) which are the two tests that really mean something at the position.

  33. amaf21 says: Jul 17, 2012 1:31 PM

    Sounds like Barkley is already set to join the concussion lawsuit against the NFL.

  34. brenenostler says: Jul 17, 2012 1:36 PM

    I actually believe him. And just think, if he had decided to go to the NFL, the Redskins probably wouldn’t traded all those first rounders for RG3. At worst for Washington, they would have settled for Barkley, which isn’t a bad bargain.

  35. cball77 says: Jul 17, 2012 1:38 PM

    “With the first pick of the 2013 Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Matt Barkley, quarterback, USC”

    People who’ve been watching USC over the last couple seasons know this guy can do it all – not a Trojans fan but watching him play he looks like he has NFL superstar potential.

  36. nizzy2107 says: Jul 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    Who knows. Redskins like the pocket qbs so they might have taken Barkley and besides RG3 could be injury prone to start his career just like Stafford did because of his tendency to run.

  37. teambringitstrong says: Jul 17, 2012 1:43 PM

    He is 100% spot on. There were a lot of rumblings that Luck wasn’t even the best QB in his own conference. Get over yourselves USC haters, Barkley is the real deal.

  38. buffbill99 says: Jul 17, 2012 2:02 PM

    If Barkley really believes he would have been #2 then why did he go back to school. I have never understood people that say “get your education”. The reason 99% of people go to college is so they can earn more money in a professional field.

    If you are going to earn millions of dollars prior to graduating then do it! Especially in a profession where you are treated like a piece of meat. Get hurt and see where your football education gets you. You can always go back to school later on and pay for it with the millions you have made from the NFL.

  39. spankygreen says: Jul 17, 2012 2:10 PM

    reppster says:
    Jul 17, 2012 12:48 PM
    I agree, if you look at pocket passers vs scramblers, pocket passers are typically better.

    Yeah and if a dog had a square a$$ he would sh$t a brick…..Pocket passers are fortunate enough to have a pocket to pass from. Teams that pick first are teams that SUCK. Not at QB, but as a whole…I am a OU fan and enjoyed watching Sam Bradford play. Sam is having a tough time in St louis because of the Lack of talented people around him(ie, OL…..) and I think he is a LOT better than ole M Barkley…..I hope Ms Barkley get’s his wish next year and goes 1st in the draft. He is slower than molasses in the winter time and It will be interesting to see how comfortable he’s going to be in the pocket when it comes crashing down around him…. He will experience speed from the DE’s that he did not see from his experience in the PAC……..IR in week 2………

  40. spankygreen says: Jul 17, 2012 2:20 PM

    I would have been more impressed had he said he would have gone before Luck……..By saying you’re happy with being second wouldn’t entice me to pick you as my QB……Remember son, 3 is not a winner, and 2 nobody remembers(except this year with RGIII)…Strive to be #1

  41. ghostofgilchrist says: Jul 17, 2012 2:22 PM

    USC QB’s that have played in the NFL:

    Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Sean Salisbury, Rodney Peete, Pat Haden, Matt Cassel, Bill Nelsen, Pete Beathard, Vince Evans, Paul McDonald, Todd Marinovich, Rob Johnson AND John David Booty.

  42. mymanmccoy says: Jul 17, 2012 3:02 PM

    Barkley would have definitely gone before griffin because he’s actually, you know, read a playbook.

  43. phishfan520 says: Jul 17, 2012 3:09 PM

    This guy so confident he would win the Heisman, he returned. Good luck in Jacksonville Matt, its where players go to fade away!!

  44. brutus9448 says: Jul 17, 2012 3:28 PM

    when was the last time any USC qb did anything in the pros? Sanchez, palmer, leinart? give me a break

  45. mrfrostyj says: Jul 17, 2012 3:58 PM

    He’s not wrong. RGIII didn’t come into the draft picture until after it was known that Barkley was staying at USC. To be totally honest if Brandon Weeden wasn’t 102 years old (at least the media treats him like he is) he’d probably get drafted in front of RGIII as well. The 2012 draft class as far as QB’s go wasn’t that deep.

  46. swingondeesenuts says: Jul 17, 2012 4:16 PM

    I cal BS – You don’t give up millions to stay in school if you think you will go 2nd overall. He realized their was a good chance he could fall all the way to round two and decided to roll the dice on improving his stock with one more year.

  47. jwreck says: Jul 17, 2012 5:21 PM

    kmossg says: Jul 17, 2012 12:52 PM
    I always found it funny how much height plays a role in teams decisions to draft guys… I mean, take your thumb and your index finger and measure out 2-3 inches. Is that really the difference between a franchise QB and a pedestrian one?
    _____

    While it is definitely seems weird and inconsequential, the fact is it really does matter. It’s a vision thing. The Offensive line takes up most of the QB’s field of vision, but for every inch taller the quarterback is, he’s adding about ten more degrees to his view of the field.

    For the record, I pulled the numbers out of my butt, but as an undersized high school quarterback, who had to deal with a tiny field of vision every Friday fr four years, I can assure you the basic concept is correct.

  48. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    Barkley is right, he is better than IRG3, AND HES NOWHERE NEAR LUCKS LEVEL

  49. omniusprime says: Jul 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    Barkley was smart to stay at USC. He now has a good chance to win a national championship and be the #1 draft pick for 2013. No other quarterback is going to surpass Barkley in 2012 because no other team has the kind of offensive weapons at Barkley’s disposal.

    RGIII was vastly over rated, just watch how he doesn’t pan out like he’s been hyped to. Barkley would have been the superior pick because Barkley is much closer in style to a real NFL QB, not a college one like RGIII.

    Is it college football season yet? USC #1 !!!!

  50. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 17, 2012 6:35 PM

    Barf for Barkley

  51. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 17, 2012 6:44 PM

    RGIII has a better career ahead of him, no doubt…

  52. spfripp says: Jul 17, 2012 6:46 PM

    omniusprime says:
    Jul 17, 2012 6:24 PM
    Barkley was smart to stay at USC. He now has a good chance to win a national championship and be the #1 draft pick for 2013. No other quarterback is going to surpass Barkley in 2012 because no other team has the kind of offensive weapons at Barkley’s disposal.

    RGIII was vastly over rated, just watch how he doesn’t pan out like he’s been hyped to. Barkley would have been the superior pick because Barkley is much closer in style to a real NFL QB, not a college one like RGIII.

    Is it college football season yet? USC #1 !!!!

    __________________________________

    So in short you are saying Barkley is not a franchise QB. Because franchise QBs like Manning, Brady, Brees and Rogers it is more the QB’s skills then their weapons.

  53. borisbulldog says: Jul 17, 2012 6:52 PM

    Right, because of the overwhelming success of USC QB’s in the NFL, Barkley feels he needs to spout off!

  54. skinsfan91 says: Jul 17, 2012 7:08 PM

    RGIII has a pro style, pocket passing game. He’s also got crazy athleticism and insane speed. Take a QB on Madden and max out all his ratings, then you have RGIII.

  55. cali49er707 says: Jul 17, 2012 7:10 PM

    The skins better hope RG3 turns out to be legit because, the fans have hyped him up to be god’s gift to football & he hasn’t even had 1 NFL start!!!!

  56. lmayhew82 says: Jul 17, 2012 10:01 PM

    LOL He want even be the top QB in 2013 draft he will be lucky to go 2nd to Logan Tomas and when he gets to the NFL he will be a back up just like all the other USC QBs

  57. inallsincerity says: Jul 18, 2012 1:44 AM

    IMO, he returned for a couple of reasons. First, he wants to win the Heisman Trophy. There are a number of people, Pete Carroll was one of them, that wanna turn Tailback U. into Quarterback U. That’s why they recruit a bunch of RBs and employ a RB-by-committee approach, never allowing one to do it all. Secondly, he wants to be the 1st-overall pick. He knew that wasn’t gonna happen this year and in saying that he could have gone 2nd, he took a thinly-veiled shot at RG III. From my observations, he’d better work on a quicker delivery, speed & mobility, because he won’t have much time at the next level. Right now, he benefits from having five-star offensive linemen and wide receivers.

  58. bosspower says: Jul 20, 2012 8:45 PM

    Matt Barkley is a moron. Who cares if he would have went 2nd, U decided to stay in school. It doesnt matter who goes 1st or 2nd. U think Calvin Johnson is worried that he went behind Je’marcus? No its about winning games and getting better at the Position. If RG3 makes the playoffs he is not gonna be concerned with coming out at the 2nd spot. We all know Luck is not making the Playoffs next Yr. It’s about Winning Football games. U play to Win the Game not get a higher draftpick than someone else.

  59. Justin Kirby says: Aug 13, 2012 5:36 PM

    If Tannehill gets taken in the top 10 it proves a run on quarterbacks…and if Barkley comes out…who knows what happens? All the quarterbacks taken, except for Luck seem overrated; he seems to be the only one capable of taken the hits and making the mental adjustments necessary. Time will tell…

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