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Is Matt Barkley a 2013 NFL Draft steal?

Kirby Lee-US Presswire

It was a disappointing season for USC Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley. He suffered a shoulder injury, and his numbers failed to match his incredible junior season. His draft stock has fallen maybe as much as Notre Dames‘ Manti Te’o. He was projected to win the Heismen trophy and be a lock for a top-three pick in the NFL draft without a doubt. Now there’s questions to whether or not a team will even pick him in the first round.

All of this seems so familiar to Dan Marino.

Marino was a standout at Pittsburgh, throwing 34 touchdowns and 21 interceptions his junior year. However, Marino was drafted 27th overall because of a poor senior year. His senior year he threw just 17 touchdowns to 22 interceptions and his draft stock plummeted. As a result, many teams now regret passing on Marino, like the Kansas City Chiefs.

In no way shape or form am I saying that Barkley is going to be the next Marino, all I’m saying is if hes available in the second round, you have to take him.

USC quarterbacks have taken a beating lately. Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinart and so on. But Matt Barkley is different. He is the most prolific passer in USC history. He holds the school records for most passing yards, most touchdowns and most touchdowns in a season (39). He wasn’t surrounded with world class talent like Leinart was, but Barkley can make the deep throws that Leinart can’t make.

Geno Smith is the early favorite for the No. 1 pick, but his lack of success against ranked teams doesn’t help his case.

 

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