Matt Barkley, USC
Quarterback, USC, SR
6' 2" 230 lbs.
2013 NFL Draft
Enter the next future star NFL quarterback from USC, Matt Barkley. In the past decade five USC quarterbacks were drafted with Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart taking home Heisman Trophies. They all haven’t had the best success in the NFL, remember Todd Marinovich? Yes, but Barkley is no Marinovich, he has plenty of experience, smart and a good head on his shoulders. He's a communication major at USC with a B average (3.23 GPA). He made the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic second team and 2010 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention. He spent eleven days during 2010 Christmas break in Nigeria visiting orphans, widows, villagers and prisoners, doing construction work, distributing supplies and gifts. On the football field he has thrown for at least 200 yards in 24 career games (10 times over 300 yards and twice over 400 yards). He has 36 career starts (he is 27-9 as a starter).
In 2009 true freshman Matt Barkley beat out Mitch Mustain and Aaron Corp. Barkley missed the Washington game, but he started 12 and threw for 2,735 yards with a 60% completion percentage. However, he averaged only 222 passing yards per game that year, which was the lowest under former USC head coach Pete Caroll.
In 2010 he lost some weight and got himself in better condition, he was noticeably quicker with his drop backs and roll-outs. With his experience, his reads improved and he had a better season, he threw for 2,791 yards and a 63% completion percentage.
Last year (2011); he was a finalist for the Manning Award and he set a single-season PAC-12 record for touchdown passes with 39, and an impressive 69.1 completion percentage. He became only the fourth player in USC history to throw for more than 3,500 yards in a season, and without a shadow of a doubt had he declared for the 2012 NFL Draft instead of returning to USC for one more season, Barkley would have been a top-10 pick. He most certainly would have been drafted before Ryan Tannehill, who was taken by the Miami Dolphins with the eighth overall pick. Some Draftniks even had him being drafted before RG3. NFL Draft Dog has him going number one overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.
He has experience and confidence, in that there is no doubt:
"I had confidence that I was going to go high, it wasn't really a question of that as to why I came back," Barkley told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Tuesday morning. "I think it was a sure bet that Andrew [Luck] was going to go No. 1."