2013 NFL Draft: Will USC Trojans QB Matt Barkley Be Selected in the First Round?

By Dan Parzych
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Before the start of the 2012 season, all signs pointed to USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley being the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft considering the type of college career displayed over the last four years. Unfortunately, things didn’t go the way the Trojans hoped it would in 2012 as they started the year off as one of the top contenders for the National Championship–only to finish the year with a 7-6 overall record.

Now, the main question on the mind of everybody is whether or not Barkley’s draft stock will fall due to his disappointing season.

Obviously, being selected No. 1 is out of the question for Barkley, but there’s even concern as far as whether or not he’ll even be selected in the first round. Barkley is coming off another impressive season in which he threw for 3,273 yards to go along with 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, but the struggles from the Trojans have everyone questioning his skills as a leader.

Not only was USC near the top of the list for being a contender for the National Championship, but the Heisman Trophy was Barkley’s to lose considering many believed he could have been selected No. 1 in the 2012 NFL Draft (or at least a top-five pick) if he did end up leaving school early. Instead, Barkley is left with nothing but regret as he could easily fall out of the first round in April.

There are plenty of teams in need of help at the quarterback position and Barkley will be selected by one of those teams–it’s just a matter of what round it happens.

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