The stock value of Matt Barkley is falling faster than Confederate Currency after the Civil War. Barkley announced he is not ready to throw at the combine.
Barkley suffered a separated shoulder against rival UCLA at the end of a disappointing senior campaign. The shoulder caused Barkley to miss his final game against Notre Dame, along with the Hyundai Sun Bowl and the Senior Bowl.
Barkley was likely a first round pick last season, but after a senior season in which he threw 36 touchdowns, but had 15 interceptions his stock has plummeted. Walterfootball.com has Barkley going NO. 33(first pick second round) to the Jacksonville Jaguars, being the third quarterback taken, behind Geno Smith and Mike Glennon.
Barkley has been cleared to throw at USC’s pro day on March 27. Though not throwing at the combine isn’t huge, others haven’t thrown before, it does though put doubt about his health in front offices.
Doctors have said Barkley’s shoulder is about 90 percent right now. Barkley has a little over a month to get that other 10 percent back. Which with a 63.6 completion percentage last season he needs that 10 percent, an all the help he can get.
His regression last season was eye opening. The talent around him wasn’t the issue. With Robert Woods and Marqise Lee as targets they weren’t the issue. So what was? Was Barkley who once considered a possible number one overall selection feeling the pressure to have a RG3 or Andrew Luck type season? Barkley for whatever reason fell apart and made freshman mistakes, throwing balls that should have never left a seniors hand.
Barkley now is down to two or three days to prove his worth to teams. Strange things have happened in the NFL draft as of late with quarterbacks, see Tim Tebow, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder. If Barkley wants to have that semi-shocking draft selection as that trio he needs to produce at the combine in what he does participate in, and he needs to wow at his pro day. March 27 is now the most important day in Matt Barkley’s life. Hopefully he doesn’t falter under the pressure as he did his entire senior season. By Steve Kish