2013 NFL Draft Round 2: Arizona Cardinals Need to Select USC's Matt Barkley at No. 38

By Dan Parzych
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The Arizona Cardinals entered the 2013 NFL Draft in need of help at numerous positions and even though they could have used their first-round pick on a quarterback instead of selecting Jonathan Cooper–it looks like they may be in the perfect position to draft one in the second round.

This year’s draft has certainly been an interesting one so far considering there was only one quarterback (E.J. Manuel to the Buffalo Bills) selected in the first round and with the amount of quarterbacks still available in the second round–the Cardinals could be in the perfect position to snag one. Arizona has shown interest in numerous quarterbacks from this year’s class, but with the 38th pick in the second round–they need to do whatever it takes to land Matt Barkley at USC.

Say what you want about Barkley’s arm strength–the truth is this kid has been ready for the NFL since he took over the starting role with the Trojans four years ago. USC may have struggled during the 2012 season, but there’s no reason why that should have an impact on what he’s capable at the NFL level.

Instead, teams should focus on the fact that he threw for nearly 7,000 yards and 75 touchdowns over the last two seasons and take into consideration there was a reason why he was considered a top-five pick last season before deciding to return for his senior season. The Cardinals certainly made the right decision by focusing on an offensive lineman in the first round, but now that they’re in the position to land a quarterback like Barkley–they need to take advantage of this opportunity in the second round and take a risk on him becoming the team’s next franchise quarterback.

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