Philadelphia Eagles QB Matt Barkley Confident He Can Make an Impact During Rookie Season

By Dan Parzych
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Only time will tell when it comes to whether the Philadelphia Eagles selecting Matt Barkley in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft will pay off, but if early indications are any sign of what’s to come–the former USC star could turn out to be one of the biggest steals from this year’s class. At this point, the starting job at quarterback is Michael Vick‘s to lose, but when listening to Barkley over the last week, he seems confident enough to make an impact right away as a rookie.

Even if he may not be the perfect fit for a Chip Kelly offense that is used to working with a running quarterback, there’s no reason why it wouldn’t be worth making a few adjustments for Barkley if he were to end up with the starting job. Forget the fact that Barkley fell all the way to the fourth round–this is a player that was considered a top-10 draft pick last year before deciding to make the return for his senior season.

In fact, the argument can be made that if any quarterback has the most potential to be a franchise player from this year’s class–it’s Barkley.

Just look at what he accomplished over his last two seasons with the Trojans as he threw for nearly 7,000 yards with 75 touchdowns and it’s clear Barkley has the potential when it comes to playing at the NFL level. After falling to the fourth round in the draft, Barkley will have an extra chip on his shoulder throughout his career for the other 31 teams that decided to pass on him and from a fan’s perspective–you can’t help but love the attitude he’s had over his first week in the pros.

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