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Barkley’s imperfect Pro Day may not have been good enough


With USC quarterback Matt Barkley not throwing at the Scouting Combine due to a shoulder injur suffered in November, his entire allotment of eggs landed in his Pro Day basket.

The good news is that he may be able to make an omelet.

Barkley completed 56 of 62 passes against a defense consisting of Manti Te’o’s late girlfriend and 10 of her family members.  Per USA Today, two were considered to be drops.  The others, then, represented misfires by a quarterback who was playing catch with his college teammates.

From what I saw of the workout, several of the completions came in high, with the receiver have to extend his arms — and in turn to expose his midsection to a big hit from one of the Kukua clan.  On at least two of the deep routes, the receiver had to slow down and wait for the ball.

“I thought it was a good day,” Barkley said, via USA Today. “You always want to be perfect, especially on a day like this.”

Barkley wasn’t perfect.  And that may not be good enough to put him into the top 10.

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67 Responses to “Barkley’s imperfect Pro Day may not have been good enough”
  1. beavertonsteve says: Mar 27, 2013 6:55 PM

    Would completing passes against Te’o be any more difficult?

  2. azjam says: Mar 27, 2013 6:55 PM

    Don’t see him as a first round QB but someone will reach for him.

  3. woodworthbayoutiger says: Mar 27, 2013 6:57 PM

    Any other year and he would be a late 2nd round pick. Can’t wait for Lane’s spin.

  4. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 27, 2013 7:00 PM

    Take some Matt Leinhart, a little Mark Sanchez, sprinkle some David Booty and Matt Cassel, and a pinch of Carson Palmer and what do you get ……

    Matt Barkley.

    moving on….

  5. canetic says: Mar 27, 2013 7:03 PM

    He’s not good enough to be an NFL quarterback.

  6. reppster says: Mar 27, 2013 7:04 PM

    When will scouts start realizing that USC hasn’t had a good NFL Quarterback in the past 35+ years???

  7. jrfrom508 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:04 PM

    Hahahahaha. Nicely written.

  8. folkcrusader says: Mar 27, 2013 7:04 PM

    40 minutes at a pro day could move him in to the top 10? I think the hours of game tape has more to say about that.

  9. judalation says: Mar 27, 2013 7:06 PM

    Its USC what do you expect?

  10. paulcanavati says: Mar 27, 2013 7:06 PM

    This is getting old… Even if he completed every single pass, he wouldn’t go in the top 10. Just won’t happen. Not after how the season went.

  11. briscocountyjr says: Mar 27, 2013 7:06 PM

    There you go Oakland, package up a couple picks to move down… cheers!

  12. chawk12thman says: Mar 27, 2013 7:06 PM

    He needs to go to a team with a very good defense and quality running offense. If he does, he will do okay. If not, he may struggle just as he did this past season at USC.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 27, 2013 7:07 PM

    Well when Mock Version #2 comes out then we’ll know where he is supposed to go!

  14. thebadguyswon says: Mar 27, 2013 7:07 PM

    Bust in waiting.

  15. raynman49 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:08 PM

    The next great qb from USC! Oh, wait….

  16. ggreen7 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:09 PM

    Matt Leinart.

  17. rg3srestrainingorderonlogicalvoices says: Mar 27, 2013 7:11 PM

    Simply brilliant. Though I am tired of reading about teo’s fake girlfriend, I did get a good laugh at this article.

  18. thirdistheworrd says: Mar 27, 2013 7:18 PM

    You gotta feel bad for Manti, but god, that joke is never going to get old. (and no, there is no sarcasm there, I literally can’t get enough Kekua jokes)

  19. goldenperspective says: Mar 27, 2013 7:20 PM

    Other than Terry Bradshaw, is there another blonde hair qb that has done anything of significance in the NFL?

  20. slammincamnewton says: Mar 27, 2013 7:21 PM

    Jimmy Clausen 2.0

  21. djjackson81 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:26 PM

    Boy QB looking to be drafted by the NFL are gonna start committing somewhere else other USC

  22. stealthjunk says: Mar 27, 2013 7:27 PM

    I don’t get it. Barkley has been less successful than Leinart, Sanchez, and Palmer were at USC. So someone remind me why in the world anyone would think that he’s going to be better than any of those less-than-stellar QBs in the NFL? It all just seems crazy to me. Fine, take a chance on him in the 3rd or 4th round, but you’d have to be crazy to take him in the first or second.

  23. bigj7769 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:28 PM

    Why can’t USC produce quality qb’s? Who is thier qb coach? A former USC qb?

  24. silvertusked says: Mar 27, 2013 7:29 PM

    C’mon you guys, if Josh “koolaid” McDaniels traded to draft Tim Tebow, anything can happen with a QB considerably best suited to play that certain position.

  25. therealpittbull says: Mar 27, 2013 7:30 PM

    Quarterback pro days are overrated. All you can determine is ball placement in short, not gameplay when the bullets start flying. Some people practice, other rise to the occaision. Regardless of his perceived arm strength, like all draftees, he goes to the right system, he has a good career. Forced to be something he’s not, like all other USC QB’s, he fails. Would love to see him back up Schaub, Ryan, or Brees for a season. He’s a read and timing guy. God bless ya kid.

  26. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:33 PM

    didnt he said last year that he would be a top 2 pick if he came out? next to Luck?

  27. slickster35 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:38 PM

    And with the 3rd pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select…

  28. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:40 PM

    I can’t wait to see how the Browns will manage to punish their fans for having hope. Happens every time.

  29. flannlv says: Mar 27, 2013 7:43 PM

    Yes Barkley had a down year, the whole team did. That can be attributed to a myriad of issues. Barkley would’ve been drafted after RG3 last year. I am not buying he has fallen that far. He’s started since a freshman in HS. He’s got a lot of experience. His ceiling may not be as high as others, but in the right situation he can win in the NFL.

  30. myvickinabox14 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:43 PM

    He is who we thought he was!

  31. neva4get5 says: Mar 27, 2013 7:49 PM

    Matt Barkley , a 1st rd pick? In the words of Tina Marie, “I’m wishing on a star, no matter where you are, I’m wishing on a dream……”

  32. zenrooster says: Mar 27, 2013 7:53 PM

    The number of Matt Leinart’s completions is still nowhere as high as the number of people who misspell his last name as Leinhart

  33. lennydpocketqb says: Mar 27, 2013 7:54 PM


  34. realfootballfan says: Mar 27, 2013 7:57 PM

    The latest version of Brady Quinn or Jimmy Clausen.

    Barkley has a suspect arm, is a mediocre athlete, isn’t particularly accurate (don’t confuse that with inflated college completion percentages), and he never elevated a team that was loaded compared to the rest of the pathetic Pac 12 even during the sanction years. I know Lane Kiffin was his college coach the past few years, but that excuse only goes so far.

  35. eatitfanboy says: Mar 27, 2013 8:05 PM

    Let’s try this again.

    If you take out the drops, he had almost the exact same day that Geno Smith had- 58 for 62 for Barkley, 60 for 64 for Smith.

    Both threw under the exact same circumstances- no defense, throwing to his own guys, etc.

    Yet Smith gets raves for his workout, and people talk about him possibly moving up to #1. Barkley gets criticized and is out of the top 10?

    Fuzzy math.

  36. therealpittbull says: Mar 27, 2013 8:08 PM

    Does USC quarterback issues have more to do with them being born and raised in CA? REALLY, no dig on the state, but who are the successful guys running teams in the league right now. A name escapes me. Sometimes mindset and background has much to do with how you translate a skill set in a profession. Other positions, they do well.

  37. lanjoith says: Mar 27, 2013 8:09 PM

    All that it takes is one head coach who watches film and falls in love and is convinced that Barkley’s issues are fixable with coaching to reach for him in round 1.

    We see it every year. I don’t think Ponder, Gabbert or Locker were 1st round worthy and they all went in the top 12. Andy Dalton & Colin Kaepernick are better than all of them and they went in round 2.

  38. drewbreeswants says: Mar 27, 2013 8:13 PM

    Tyler Wilson deserves to be drafted before this guy.

  39. stevenwilliams2013 says: Mar 27, 2013 8:19 PM

    3rd or 4th round. I would draft him in the 4th if he was still around.

  40. officialgame says: Mar 27, 2013 8:31 PM

    He has value early 3rd round.

  41. zeekey2013 says: Mar 27, 2013 8:35 PM

    He’s gonna get drafted stop giving him attention. He has to prove himself in camp. Its not that big of a deal right now because he’s going in the 1st or 2nd

  42. pixelito says: Mar 27, 2013 8:45 PM

    Only 56 completions out of 62 attempts? Anyone can see he’s awful.

  43. deathonwings410 says: Mar 27, 2013 9:04 PM

    I hope someone takes his JAG in the first round to push some of those safeties and linebackers to the end of the first round. LOL!

  44. EJ says: Mar 27, 2013 9:07 PM

    Barkley is starting to remind me of Brady Quinn. All I know is I DO NOT want my team to waste a pick on this kid.
    Barkley needs another 1-2 years of college ball in order to be ready to come into the NFL. Since he can’t do that, I believe he will be relegated to backup duty for his career.

  45. warhammer420 says: Mar 27, 2013 9:31 PM

    Ha! Funny article. Yes, some desperate team will reach for him and later regret it. He won’t make it past the 2nd round.

  46. jprcox says: Mar 27, 2013 9:51 PM

    Seriously, without anyone playing defense how do you miss 1 pass??? Holly-cow, this guy must really stink.

  47. mazblast says: Mar 27, 2013 9:58 PM

    Considering that they had both Palmer and Leinart this past season, I’d say the Raiduhs would be the least likely team to take Barkley.

    Then again, it only takes one idiot to make a big mistake. Just like some GM will reach to take Manti Te’o, some GM will reach to take Barkley.

  48. paychrisjohnson28 says: Mar 27, 2013 10:05 PM

    Barkley is worthy of 4th or 5th round draft pick, he is a clone of Colt McCoy and look where his career is headed. So why draft him high, unless you are desperate as a team?

    The only USC Quarterback who has any good was Carson Palmer pre-ACL injury that he got Vs the Steelers in the playoffs, he could have been a great player but was never the same after that injury…

  49. dwnhillwhaler says: Mar 27, 2013 10:27 PM

    Awww mann! Barkley is gonna ruin the reputation SC has for producing top level NFL QBs

  50. dirtysouthniner says: Mar 27, 2013 10:36 PM

    He is not that bad,he did the mistake most qbs who go back do. Gave people more tape to disect,had a bad year .and got hurt. I think not using woods enough hurt him more than anything this past year.

  51. daubs17 says: Mar 27, 2013 10:46 PM

    Now Mike is an evaluator of NFL talent. Yup nothing to see here

  52. goldrush36 says: Mar 27, 2013 11:03 PM

    I actually feel bad for any Coach/GM who’s team is in need of a QB. Especially those 1st or 2nd year guys that missed out on the last 2 draft classes. Anyone having to bet on a QB in this draft better prepare for relocation by 2015. In the end I guess Andy Reid made a very wise choice overspending for Alex

  53. cranespy says: Mar 27, 2013 11:27 PM

    Bank on it…. Chargers take him in the middle of the draft as the hair apparent to Ole Man Rivers!

  54. jessethegreat says: Mar 27, 2013 11:34 PM

    The realpitbull…. You’ve really never heard of Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady? Both hail from Cali. Where you been the past decade man?

  55. cobibones13 says: Mar 27, 2013 11:51 PM

    His little girl’s arm strength was never going to allow him to be close to a top 10 pick. He’ll probably be there in the 3rd or 4th.

  56. bullpuppy552 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:23 AM

    I think John Hadl was the last good QB to come out of USC. Some 50 years ago

  57. bullpuppy552 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:25 AM

    Oh wait, the great Todd Marijuanavich and Mark Sanchez came out of USC ..oh I forgot, they both suck. Never mind.

  58. lostsoulsdomain says: Mar 28, 2013 2:00 AM

    Well a year ago all you people believed he would be elite, now that the media says otherwise everyone is a weak comedian! I’m not even a fan of USC or Barkley, but most of you are typical ridiculous

  59. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 28, 2013 2:14 AM

    Any USC quarterback 2.0

  60. therealraider says: Mar 28, 2013 3:28 AM

    Matt Barkley clearly isnt a NFL caliber QB. Why draft him at all.. back in the day, there was like 20+ rounds in the draft.. why waste 1 of 7 rounds of picks on a guy that obviously isnt one of the 32 . Let alone 50 best QBs in the world.

  61. boyshole25 says: Mar 28, 2013 6:57 AM


  62. remedialyeti says: Mar 28, 2013 7:03 AM

    realpitbull … cali has more starting q bs than any other state does. and the dude who mentioned blonde hair guys. Joe Montana was an alright blonde

  63. iamapatsfan says: Mar 28, 2013 8:17 AM

    So Barkley had an imperfect PD.

    I distinctly remember you saying a couple days ago that every QB has a good PD. Hell, apparently even Vince Young had a good Pro Day.

    Does the fact that he didn’t suddenly (or not so suddenly) throw up red flags and alarm bells and flashing lights all over the place?

  64. jimmyt says: Mar 28, 2013 8:31 AM

    Feeble attempt at humor on your part. Enough with the Te’o jokes already.

  65. kvanhorn87 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:48 AM

    Any significant Blonde hair qbs? Off the top of my head, boomer and Phil Simms. Then matters if Troy aikman is considered blonde enough.

  66. mackie66 says: Mar 28, 2013 10:38 AM

    I always love comments from the peanut gallery. Specially if they’ve never played the game and wouldn’t know an NFL QB from an NFL QB.
    Right Mike? OH, you watched film with some ESPN wizard and came up with these cute phrases. Im not a USC fan but I do hope Barkley passes himself past you….
    Ive have found if you and other ESPN has-beens were NFL quality scouts or GMs you’d be working in the NFL. I did like, however, the Te’o dead(extant?) girlfriend remark, now that was funny.

  67. bobonmycob says: Mar 28, 2013 7:02 PM

    To mods: stop trying to save florios reputation and brown nose. You come off like a dork.

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