2013 NFL Draft: Would the Arizona Cardinals Dare Select Matt Barkley Seventh Overall?

By Devin O'Barr
Matt Barkley at the NFL Combine
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

One of the bigger headlines coming out of the NFL Scouting Combine was the rumor that the Arizona Cardinals were thoroughly impressed with Matt Barkley. This seems like a fit given the Cardinals ineptitude at quarterback last year and the coaching record of new head coach Bruce Arians.

Drafting at number seven in this years NFL draft the Cardinals could definitely go a different route than quarterback, however after a season of starting four different QB’s it wouldn’t be an unwise investment.

Arians is known to want to sling the ball downfield and has worked with the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck, who both are prone to throw a deep ball now and again. Barkley has been knocked for his downfield prowess, but a closer look at the tape reveals that the USC star QB has the skill set to run Arian’s offense.

Matt Leinart was supposed to be the savior to this Cardinals organization when they drafted the USC Trojan 10th overall in the 2006 NFL draft. Luckily, the Cards found lighting in a bottle with Kurt Warner, who took the team to a Super Bowl in 2009–Warner also faced criticism that his arm strength was lacking.

If the Cardinals do select Barkley with the seventh pick it will surely cause a stir in the NFC West, where Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson have set the bar very high. Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald is entering his thirties this year and only has a few seasons of domination left in the tank, therefore the Cardinals need to act fast before his career is wasted on mediocre QB’s.

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