Do the Oakland Raiders Regret Not Selecting Matt Barkley?

By Dan Parzych
Matt Barkley
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The 2013 NFL season is right around the corner and even though the Oakland Raiders believe they have finally found a quarterback to build a franchise around in Matt Flynn–it looks like they may have some regrets over missing out on another quarterback from the 2013 NFL Draft.

Apparently, the Raiders were planning on selecting former USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round of this year’s draft before the Philadelphia Eagles snatched him up. Instead, the team ended up selecting Tyler Wilson for a backup–which may not turn out to be as good of an option as Barkley.

If Barkley had entered the draft last year, there’s a good chance he would have been selected as a top-10 pick with even a chance to go No. 1 overall. Instead, Barkley returned to USC for his senior season and concerns over his shoulder along with the Trojans disappointing season resulted in the quarterback slipping all the way into the fourth round.

Flynn certainly has the potential to turn out to be a solid franchise quarterback, but he still has plenty to prove before that ever happens. With all of the uncertainty surrounding Flynn and Wilson, it’s understandable why Oakland would regret not jumping on Barkley earlier in the draft considering he has more potential as a franchise quarterback.

Obviously, it’s too early to tell before determining who will end up being the better quarterback, but it will be interesting to see if the Raiders do in fact regret missing out on Barkley.

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