Matt Barkley

Matt Barkley scouting report

Matt Barkley QB USC #7
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 220
Strengths:
Adequate height; good overall size and strength. Adequate arm strength; can make all the necessary throws. Patient in the pocket; does a nice job going through is progressions. Has a nice touch on his throws; knows when to take something off and when he needs to fire it in there. Generally a good decision maker. Smooth delivery and a very quick release. Three years of experience in a pro-style offense. Team leader on the field; teammates and coaches all seem to respect his leadership.
Weaknesses:
Limited mobility; won’t make plays with his feet. Accuracy is adequate, but not elite. Arm strength is nothing special, but shouldn’t be a major concern. Does not look good throwing on the run; fundamentals break down and his accuracy is erratic. Has caused some controversies off the field (e.g. called Vontaze Burfict a dirty player); needs to learn when to keep his mouth shut when speaking to media.
Comments:
Barkley lacks the elite tools (mainly accuracy) to be in a category with Andrew Luck, but he has everything he needs to succeed as a starter at the next level. I would be surprised if he ever reached the Brady/Manning/Brees level of success, but he has what it takes to be in that next tier with guys like Cutler/Rivers. Some of his comments made off the field raise a red flag about his ego, and should cause teams to ask some tough questions of him and USC’s coaching staff to learn about who he is as a person. But assuming no further red flags are raised, this should be a minor issue that can be attributed to immaturity.
Videos:
2011 vs UCLA
2011 vs Oregon

2011 vs Arizona 
2011 vs Arizona State
2011 vs Minnesota
2011 vs California
2011 vs Washington
2011 vs Colorado
2010 vs Stanford 

 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Comments Off

Could Matt Barkley’s loud mouth impact his draft stock?

USC Trojans’ quarterback Matt Barkley has been rubbing people the wrong way since the beginning… literally.

Following his first collegiate game in 2009 against San Jose State, Barkley stated: “this is fun. This is easy. This is what I was made to do.” He followed that up by responding to a question about whether or not he found anything difficult about the game with this gem: “The run up the tunnel at halftime. That was brutal.”

Barkley probably got a talking to from Pete Carroll after that, and remained relatively quiet throughout the rest of his freshman and sophomore year, but he’s been back at this season. Read more

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Should I stay or should I go?

Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford
Luck stated before the season that his junior year would likely be his last in Palo Alto, and it’s a wise decision. He has very little to gain by sticking around, especially if his top offensive linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin bolt for the NFL as well. Decision: Go

Barley's stock could soar in 2012

Matt Barkley – QB – USC
This is going to be a tough decision for Barkley. He could be the second quarterback off the board, but he could also experience a draft day fall. Landry Jones, Robert Griffin and Ryan Tannehill are also 1st-round possibilities who could leap-frog Barkley during the offseason. If he sticks around he could be the No. 1 pick in 2013.
Decision: Stay

Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU
It will be tough for Claiborne’s stock to get any higher. If he sticks around for another year he may not even be the best draft-eligible cornerback on his own team in 2012 (Tyrann Mathieu will be a junior next year). This should be an easy decision for the potential top-five pick. Decision: Go

Alshon Jeffery – WR – South Carolina
It’s been a somewhat disappointing season for Jeffery, which normally means a player should stick around. But with South Carolina’s shaky quarterback play there’s no reason to believe 2012 will be any better. It’s time to move on. Decision: Go

Dwayne Allen – TE – Clemson
This is a weak class for tight ends, and Allen may be tempted to leave as he will be considered the top prospect at the position by many. However, Clemson has taken major strides as a program this year and will enter 2012 as a dark-horse title contender. Allen could further boost his stock with another solid season as one of Tajh Boyd’s go-to weapons. Decision: Stay

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