Mock draft season plows ahead, as we all look towards April and the NFL draft. As you all know, every “expert” on the map has their version of the Mock Draft, making their case for who is going to go where in April, and CBS Sports is no different. I decided to take a look at this one by Rob Rang, because of the choice made. Take a look:
Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California: Whether it was Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow or Greg McElroy starting in 2012, the Jets’ were a train wreck at the quarterback position. While it might seem unrealistic that head coach Rex Ryan would gamble on a Southern Cal passer as a potential replacement for Sanchez, don’t be so sure. Clearly this is a team in need of better play at the position immediately and Barkley is the most pro-ready of this class. Furthermore, new general manager John Idzik might have a greater appreciation for Barkley, considering his time working with Barkley’s former head coach, Pete Carroll, in Seattle. As such, it isn’t surprising that he, head coach Rex Ryan and their staff reportedly used one of their 60 allocated interviews at the combine to interview Barkley in Indianapolis.
I wanted to look at this one because Barkley is someone we have had in our crosshairs here before, when we profiled Barkley.
First of all, everybody interviews with the top quarterbacks, so using the fact that the Jets interviewed Barkley isn’t evidence of much. Many teams do their “due diligence” by interviewing with the upper level QBs in the draft.
Don’t misunderstand me, Barkley can make all of the throws, and he does have a strong arm. But, he is far more accurate inside the numbers than outside the numbers, and throws too many interceptions.
Where have we heard that before?
And, when you look at the scenario in this mock, pass rushers like Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo are still available, as well as Damontre Moore. Any Jets fan knows, the Jets have been looking for a dominant pass rusher off the edge forever.