Matt Barkley made headlines recently when he told Dan Patrick on The Dan Patrick Show he believes he would have been drafted before Robert Griffin III, if he would have declared for the 2012 NFL draft.
“I had confidence that I was going to go high, it wasn’t really a question of that as to why I came back…I think it was a sure bet that Andrew (Luck) was going to go No. 1.”
Patrick then asked if Barkley thought he would have gone as the second quarterback instead of RG3, and Barkley answered, “I had confidence in that—I think I could have been.”
The Barkley comment leads us to more interesting questions about what influence he might have had on the 2012 draft had he been in the mix.
Would the Washington Redskins not feel the need to mortgage their future to trade up to the second overall pick with the St. Louis Rams?
Maybe the trading hot spot would then have been the third overall pick, where teams wanting a QB could have landed either RG3 or Barkley.
Teams that showed interest in the USC signal-caller heading into the 2012 draft were the Washington Redskins, the Minnesota Vikings, the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins. The Redskins, the Browns and the Dolphins all drafted other quarterbacks in the first round this year, so they seem to no longer be interested in the services of Barkley in 2013. The Vikings are still likely in the mix, though, if 2011 first-round selection Christian Ponder continues to struggle in the NFL.
Which leads us to the big question: Where would Matt Barkley have gone if he had joined the 2012 draft class?