Unlike other years, the 2013 NFL Draft doesn’t have any quarterbacks who stand out and seem worthy of being a first-round pick in April, but there will be plenty of eyes on USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley over the next couple of months–beginning this weekend in Indianapolis at the 2013 NFL Combine. There have been plenty of concerns regarding Barkley and his arm strength considering he missed some time towards the end of the season after suffering a shoulder injury.
In fact, Barkley has even decided not to participate in throwing drills this weekend due to his shoulder, but he continues to express there’s no reason for teams to be concerned over his arm strength.
Barkley has proven himself enough over the last four years at USC to prove he has what it takes to play in the NFL, but whether or not he’s going to start right away is a different story. The Trojans have a history of quarterbacks turning out to be busts in the NFL and Barkley seems determined more than ever to prove he won’t fall into that category.
When looking over his numbers from the last two seasons, there’s no reason why Barkley shouldn’t compete for a starting job in the NFL at some point considering he threw for nearly 7,000 yards and 75 touchdowns. Of course, Barkley’s shoulder must return to full strength first before he can be thinking ahead that far and prove to teams over the next couple of months he’s worth a draft pick once April rolls around.
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