When it comes to the biggest steals of the 2013 NFL Draft, only time will tell when it comes to whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles will end up with the biggest steal after former USC quarterback Matt Barkley fell to them in the fourth round–which would have never happened one year ago. If Barkley had entered the draft last year, there’s a good chance he would have been selected in the top five, but his stock fell after the Trojans turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012 season.
The potential is certainly there for Barkley and it will be interesting to see what type of impact he can make for the Eagles over the next year or so if given the opportunity to start. However, there’s no reason for anyone to be comparing Barkley to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at this stage in his career.
For starters, Barkley hasn’t even taken a snap for Philadelphia and nobody knows when or if that moment will come for the former USC star. The Eagles can hope all they want that Barkley turns into one of the league’s next big quarterbacks, but to already draw the question about whether he’s the next Brady at this point is just ridiculous.
Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time as he’s won three of the five Super Bowls he’s appeared in and is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the league. Before Barkley can even begin to be compared to Brady, he’ll need either an MVP award or a Super Bowl Ring–which we all know is rare as a member of the Eagles.
Who cares if both quarterbacks fell later in their drafts than they would have liked to, that’s no reason to make a strong comparison or otherwise there would be 100 Brady’s at this point. Give it time–then decide whether or not it’s worth making the comparison between Brady and Barkley.
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