It has been announced that University of Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley has decided not to throw at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana this week. Personally it is a wise decision as his separated shoulder has not fully healed yet, but Barkley will partake in running, interviews by members of team’s front offices, so it’s not like he’s not even showing up or doing other key parts of the combine.
Resting his shoulder until the Trojans pro day on March 27th, gives him the maximum amount of recovery time possible and will allow teams to focus on him instead of looking at several other quarterbacks at the same time. Also, Barkley will likely be throwing to other big name prospect Robert Woods, so there will be a definite level of comfort in throwing to a familiar face at a familiar face so also his confidence should be at an all-time high. Barkley has a lot pressure to succeed as he was originally touted as the top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, however he fell off due to injury and game performance concerns as it seemed like he struggled this past season mightily to say the least.
That being said, Matt Barkley is still one of the higher end of this year’s quarterback class and due to so many teams needing a franchise quarterback he will be taken earlier than he likely should and one can only hope he can land somewhere that is a fit and he can be successful at the next level.