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New York Jets Draft Profile: QB Matt Barkley

By Alan Schechter

Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This morning, we are going to take a look at a guy that the Jets, among other teams, met with last week during the NFL Combine. There are varying opinions on this quarterback, but it was difficult to get a full read on him as he didn’t throw at the Combine. His stock will hinge greatly on how he performs on his Pro Day. Today, we spotlight QB Matt Barkley.

He measures in at 6’2″, 230 pounds.  Here are his four year stats from USC:

Before we get into a little bit of analysis, take a look at some tape of his career highlights:

PRO: The first thing that jumps off the screen is that Matt Barkley has a big arm.  He can get that ball down the football field, you don’t see him underthrowing anybody.  He also is impressive with his consistent mechanics.  From his footwork right on up, he does it the same way every time, which is huge for a quarterback.  Matt makes plays with his legs, both on rollout passes and running upfield.  This is the way of the league now, and having quick feet will be an asset.

CON: The fact that he was sacked in the double digits in three out of four seasons is troubling.  He seems to hold the ball a while on the tape, and being sacked that often is evidence of that.  He also turns the ball over too much.  Double digit INTs in three of four seasons is difficult to accept.  We have been there and done that with the INT thing.  Barkley is also far more accurate inside the hash marks than outside them.  Does that not sound familiar too?

The bottom line for me is this.  Can Barkley play?  He has ability.  But is he a guy I would invest a high round draft pick in?  No way.  He reminds me of Mark Sanchez far too much.