Matt Barkley May Never Make It to the Jets at No. 9 and More AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Matt Barkley of Southern California watches the workouts during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Jets fans who were hoping the team would draft USC quarterback Matt Barkley were likely in the minority; after all, who would want to deal with that case of deja vu?

Regardless, it may not matter, as Bleacher Report's Matt Miller indicated there's a team in front of the Jets who are very interested in Barkley.

Indeed, if the Jets want someone who can come in and run the West Coast offense from Day 1 no questions asked, Barkley could be the best man for the job.

Instead, it looks like the Jets will have to go elsewhere for their starting quarterback for 2013.

Mark Sanchez also has experience in the West Coast offense, but whether he can tap into it after four years away from that system remains to be seen. 

Would the Jets target another quarterback in the top 10? There really aren't any other viable options worthy of such a high pick at quarterback, so unless either Barkley or West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith falls to them at No. 9, they'd probably be better off waiting until the second round to get someone.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.


New York Jets

Chris Gross of delivers a recap of Day 3 at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

Nathan Jahnke of outlines the performance-based value of 2012 for the Jets.

Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets were actively shopping Darrelle Revis at the combine.


Buffalo Bills

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News explains why this year's draft class has a solid group of tight ends.

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio delivers 10 observations from the scouting combine from a Bills perspective.

Bleacher Report Bills correspondent Robert Quinn delivers five sleeper picks in the draft for the Buffalo.


Miami Dolphins

B/R Dolphins featured columnist Thomas Galicia delivers five takeaways from the combine from a Dolphins perspective.

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald lists the 40-yard dash times for the defensive backs at the combine.


New England Patriots

B/R Patriots featured columnist James DiMaio wonders whether Tavon Wilson is the answer at safety.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (via Dan Hanzus), Patriots running back Jeff Demps has expressed his desire to return to track, although he still wants to play football.

B/R Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault delivers a seven-round mock draft post-combine.