2013 NFL Draft: Should the Buffalo Bills Take a Shot on USC QB Matt Barkley?

By Dan Parzych
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With the way things turned out in 2012, it’s safe to say the Buffalo Bills may need to start thinking about finding a new quarterback for the future with the 2013 NFL Draft quickly approaching. Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown potential at times over the last couple of years, but it’s safe to say providing him with a long-term contract was a huge mistake considering how inconsistent he’s been.

This year’s draft may not have some of the high-talented type of quarterbacks guaranteed to be first-round picks like the last few years, but there is one quarterback that Bills should consider drafting–Matt Barkley of the USC Trojans.

Despite their disappointing finish to the 2012 season, Barkley has shown NFL potential since coming on board for the Trojans four years ago and the argument can be made that he could have been selected No. 1 if he had entered the draft last April. In his final two seasons at USC, Barkley threw for 6,801 yards to go along with 75 touchdowns and just 22 interceptions–which is impressive for any quarterback at the college level.

Even if his draft stock has been on the decline since the 2012 season came to an end, there’s no question the potential is certainly there for Barkley when it comes to developing into a quarterback to build the franchise around. At this point, the smart move for Buffalo may be to select Barkley in this year’s draft to at least see if he would be worth taking a shot on for the future.

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