2013 NFL Draft: Could the New York Jets End Up With Matt Barkley at No. 9?

By Dan Parzych
(Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

One of the most interesting parts about the 2013 NFL Draft is how numerous teams have multiple picks in the first round–including the New York Jets.

Thanks to last week’s trade that sent Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jets picked up an additional first-round pick (No. 13) to go along with the one they already had at No. 9–which obviously gives them an extra advantage heading into Thursday. New York is one of those teams that could focus on one of a few different areas in the first round and making a choice at No. 9 may be easier now that they have an extra pick in the first round.

One player they may want to consider–USC quarterback Matt Barkley.

The team has given Mark Sanchez plenty of chances to prove himself at quarterback over the years and with the way things turned out in 2012–it wouldn’t be a surprise if this season ended up being the former first-round pick’s last chance to make it as a starter. With a talented quarterback like Barkley most likely going to be available at No. 9, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Jets were weighing all of their options.

Despite the way things turned out last season, Barkley has the potential to turn into a quarterback to build a franchise around considering he’s thrown for nearly 7,000 passing yards and 75 touchdowns over the last two seasons. If anything, it may be worth it for New York to at least take a shot at Barkley and have him on the roster in case things fail to work out with Sanchez.

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