Weight: 230 lbs.
What We See
Barkley was all the talk last season. He was considered one of the top draft prospects last season, but opted to come back for one more season. Heading into 2012, many experts had Barkley as the top prospect in all of college football.
I’m not so sure that’s the case anymore.
There is no doubt that Barkley is immensely talented. He has a good arm and above average accuracy. The thing to me that puts him slightly behind Bray would be the comparable success he’s had with significantly greater weapons.
Barkley is a technician, and has really mastered his craft. He has very good mechanics and a great football mind. However, at 6’2”, he isn’t the ideal size you would want out of a franchise quarterback. Barkley also doesn’t consistently display deep accuracy or the throw velocity you would expect from a “top prospect”.
What the Future Holds.
Quick! Someone list off the last five USC quarterbacks that went on to legitimate pro careers.
The answer is Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinhart, Rob Johnson, and Rodney Peete.
History suggests that Barkley’s college success will likely not translate very well to the next level. Barkley should be looked at nothing more than a game manager who can be efficient in play action and throw close to medium range passes.
That isn’t necessarily bad.
If Barkley can go to a team with an established rushing attack then I think he can be successful. He doesn’t need to be tossing 30 passes a game, but if he can have games where he is 12-of-20 with a touchdown pass, he will have plenty of success at the next level.