Get ready for Matt Barkley to make his move

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After West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith conducted his Pro Day workout earlier this month, he cemented his perception as a first-round pick.

Get ready for someone to deface that cement before it fully dries.

On Wednesday, USC quarterback Matt Barkley will work out for scouts, throwing the ball publicly for the first time since injuring a shoulder during his final college football season.  As Peter King of SI.com points out, a “strong workout” could push Barkley into the top half of the first round.

Since no quarterback ever has anything other than a “strong workout” at Pro Day, look for Barkley to make his move past Smith.

It’s a topic that was addressed during Friday’s PFT Live, and I put my money where my mock is on Sunday night, with Barkley projected to go before Smith in round one.

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62 responses to “Get ready for Matt Barkley to make his move

  1. It’s funny how scouts can have years and years of tape, statistics, and eyewitness testimony regarding a player, then one workout wherein a quarterback throws to a bunch of undefended receivers can change the entire game. The whole thing’s a crapshoot and stuff like this only serves to prove it.

  2. “I put my money where my mock is on Sunday night, with Barkley projected to go before Smith in round one.”

    Which proves you are an idiot, but at least a consistent one.

  3. “Since no quarterback ever has anything other than a “strong workout” at Pro Day, look for Barkley to make his move past Smith.”
    wut?
    so we are going to ingore this guys film from last year and look soley at his pro day. And since every QB has a strong workout that means Smith had a strong workout too…. i’m lost here…. sounds like the Barkley camp is cutting checks

  4. Florio, STOP!!! Matt Barkley is not going before Geno Smith! No one believes in USC QB’s anymore, its been proven. He wasnt even the best USC QB that played there. Barkley is the next poster boy for what the NFL used to be…..Blond hair, blue-eyed and ready for shampoo commercials. This is the NFL, not Wilhelmena Models. (See Matt Leinart)

  5. It seems like scouts must have the attention span of a ferret, and the memory of a goldfish, if all it takes to impress them is the current shiny object. “Oh look, another guy is throwing – I’ve totally forgotten the guy I watched throw LAST week, THIS guy is great!”

  6. For QB’s the pro day workout is silly. The scouts in attendence don’t learn anything they don’t already know from in-game performance over the course of a 3 or 4 year college career. A scripted workout without defenders is a waste of everyone’s time.

  7. He may not be ready Week one – or even Year One, but I’m with Mayock in believing E.J. Manuel may have the biggest NFL upside of any QB in this draft class.

  8. I think to judge Barkley based on what school he went to is ridiculous… Yeah there have been some not so great QBs from USC, but that is usually what happens. Take Tennessee for example: Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning, Eric Ainge, Tee Martin. Look at the last decade of super bowl winning QBs – Where are all the great QBs from Cal, Ole Miss, Miami of Ohio, Delaware, Michigan, Purdue?

  9. I’m going to laugh if all of these teams that are supposedly interested in taking a QB in the first round pass on all of them until the 2nd. I think alot of these teams are trying to put on a show of fake interest.

  10. ……and everyone laughed at the skins for giving up what they did last year for RG3. Not much to laugh at anymore. Brilliance among the skins brass to make that move.

  11. I don’t see why you people are mad. Some team is gonna reach for QB (maybe Barkley). That’s a fact. You just hope its not your team and you secretly hope its the team you hate.

  12. We are supposed to be impressed with these “prodays” as if they are really important. I guess we should just forget about real games with real defenders and be excited with a staged event.

  13. I hope we all understand that Florio makes these wild predictions to try and keep us intrigued. The reality is that he just makes himself seem like for of a moron than anything else. I mean more moronic than his hair already makes him look.

  14. You could say no short qb and not draft Russel Wilson. You could say that U.S.C. has had some dud pro qbs. The supply and demand will dictate what kind of gamble and how many teams are looking for qbs for their team and trying to make a hit or a grand slam. You really don’t know until you swing your bat. Bottom line : bunch of teams picking qbs in 2013 first round,pick your poison. Barkley was the most recruited kid coming out of high school . That may or may not mean anything, Colin Kaepernick had one…Nevada .

  15. neva4get5 says: Mar 25, 2013 9:52 AM

    “Florio, STOP!!! Matt Barkley is not going before Geno Smith! No one believes in USC QB’s anymore, its been proven.”

    I remember when Aaron Rodgers slid to 24 because he was a Tedford QB, and those guys never work out.

    Morons.

  16. “look for Barkley to make his move past Smith.”
    ********************
    Between Smith and Barkley, I’m taking the one who ripped a team full of NFL defensive players in 2011(LSU) for 463 yards.

  17. People forget how highly touted–and successful–Matt Barkley was going into his senior year. He was projected to be a surefire first round pick this time last year–likely top 5, and definitely the first QB taken. If he has a strong pro day, some scouts and personnel people will argue that Barkley has the tools and his shortcomings can be coached out.

    And the USC QB curse nonsense is nothing more than uninformed, subjective opinion. What other players have done means nothing to do with the player you’re evaluating. It’s voodoo scouting. (It also forgets the fact that Carson Palmer was a borderline elite QB until playing for a perennial loser wore him down.)

    I don’t know that I completely agree with Florio’s point, but I definitely see where he’s coming from.

  18. Let’s see. Bum shoulder. From a college program with a history of busts. Questionable decision making and leaderships abilities. Potentially the biggest bust since Jamorca Russell.

    And sitting in draft slot #6 is Mike Lombardturd!

    Hope Barkley likes cold weather!

  19. One of them will go in the first round becase ability is just half of the equation. The other half is supply vs demand, and demand is high this year.

    We only have to look at the 2010 draft to see that desperate teams will reach for a questionable QB in the first round.

  20. If you hate USC and/or Barkley, or think he will be a bust, that is fine and you are welcome to your opinion. But, be realistic….past history shows that he will get drafted in the first round.

    I mean, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert and Tim Tebow got drafted in the 1st round…so, I guarantee that both Geno Smith and Matt Barkley will get drafted in the 1st round. And, I wouldn’t be shocked if EJ Manuel also gets picked in the 1st round.

  21. Remember the draft that had Carson Palmer as #1. None of the QBs from that draft worked out. Boller, Lefwich, Grossman, Ragone, Wallace & St. Pierre through 5 rounds. Some years there just aren’t any NFL QBs available.

  22. cowboyhater says: Mar 25, 2013 10:25 AM

    ……and everyone laughed at the skins for giving up what they did last year for RG3. Not much to laugh at anymore. Brilliance among the skins brass to make that move.

    I don’t remember anyone laughing at the Redskins for giving up what they did. Everyone knew what they were getting with RG3… An accurate throwing Vick type QB with a little more upside. Luck and Griffin were both viewed as day 1 starters. Also, the Redskins weren’t even close to being the only team that seen RG3’s potential, there was 7 or more teams that talked to the Rams about making a move. The Redskins just made the best offer. Its not like it took a genius to make the decision to pursue Griffin, just a bunch of draft picks.

  23. cakemixa says:
    Mar 25, 2013 9:43 AM
    Another USC QB…. another bust.
    _____________________________

    Very dangerous thinking. Percy Harvin was supposed to be a bust because so many previous Florida wide receivers had been busts. Tamba Hali was supposed to be a bust because so many previous Penn State defensive linemen had been busts.

    Maybe Barkley just isn’t that good, but making assumptions because he wore the same color uniform as Leinart and Sanchez is nutty.

  24. For all I know you could be right and someone could take Barkley before Smith.

    And if that happens, CLEARLY Smith will drop to a team who is set on taking a QB in rd 1 like the VIKINGS, right Mike?

  25. He made the Leinart Mistake, let’s stay another yr at school with my teammates but unfortunately it offered more game tape for people to critique! #dumbdecision

  26. It’s fun to pick on U$C for their failed alums in the NFL, especially at the QB position. However, the entire state of Florida has failed even worse with busts galore coming from Miami, Florida, and FSU.

  27. Since no quarterback ever has anything other than a “strong workout” at Pro Day, look for Barkley to make his move past Smith.
    ______________

    Wow, who knew it was a simple as just having your workout after somebody to move past them in the draft? By that logic, shouldn’t Barkley have scheduled his workout for the morning of the draft, just to make sure nobody passed him up?

  28. They only need to watch his GAME tape and look at his record vs Oregon (1-3) the past four years to see just how great he has been. Not.

  29. There will probably be 4 or 5 QBs selected in the 1st round just like almost every other year. The draft “experts” always underestimate how important the QB position is. Teams will always reach for a QB who they think has even a semblance of potential.

  30. another SC flop! when are people going to realize that SC QBs are surrounded by more talent then they actually poses

  31. Having read all these comments, I want to point out a fact. Carson Palmer was not just another QB, he was, indeed, elite until his injury. There was no letdown in his performance until then. For him to return took a lot of courage, granted. He was, however, less than average from that time onward. My guess his time in Oakland has been just borderline, but get off him being a failure, dummies. And, no, I am not a Bengal fan, but living in Dayton and having season tickets afforded me an ample opportunity to watch the Bengals.

  32. @cowboyhater

    Your name says it all. If you will remove RG’s jockstrap from your head, maybe you could think more clearly. Let’s see how that glass knee holds up next season first. The critics of that RG acquisition just might get the last laugh.

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