New York Jets Interview Matt Barkley at the NFL Combine

Brian Spurlock-US Presswire

Each team in the NFL is allowed to conduct up to 60 formal player interviews at the combine, and the New York Jets used one of theirs on another USC product today. Oh, and he’s a quarterback, too.

The Jets were among nine teams to interview former USC Quarterback Matt Barkley.

The Jets have the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, so it’s unlikely that they will use their first pick on Barkley, but it’d be interesting to see if he slips down to the 39th pick. Barkley is projected as a first-rounder, but his stock has been falling after a lackluster senior year. It also doesn’t help that he didn’t throw at the combine due to a shoulder injury.

Barkley succeeded Mark Sanchez in 2009 and was a four-year starter for the Trojans. He will look to break the curse that has haunted the two most recent quarterbacks, Matt Leinart, who was a bust, and Sanchez, who has slipped after two promising seasons. Barkley believes that he can outdo the curse.

“There have been great USC quarterbacks who have done some things in the NFL,” Barkley told reporters earlier last week. “I know my case, my situation and my story is different than all those other guys. I don’t think you can put everyone in the same mold. I know what I’m capable of, and I wouldn’t be so quick to put a mold around me.”

You have to like the confidence, but then you think about how confident Mark Sanchez was. Barkley would be a good fit in the Jets new west coast offense, but it all depends on when Barkley goes in the draft, and if the Jets trade up their second pick for him.

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