Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Season Stats: 157.6 RAT, 3,273 YDS, 36 TD, 15 INT, 63.6 Comp %
Before the 2012 campaign started, Barkley was the consensus No. 1 overall selection. But due to some annoying struggles and stellar play from fellow QB Geno Smith, Barkley has slipped down to be the draft's second- or even third-best play-caller.
Regardless, this guy has flashed some signs of franchise quarterback material.
Barkley sees the field very clearly, operates well under a pro-style offense and possesses numerous intangibles needed for the pros.
He doesn't have a cannon for an arm, nor does he exactly scare teams if he chooses to take off and run. But Barkley does have a slightly above-average arm that has been NFL-ready for two years.
This situation is very comparable to that of Matt Leinart's. Leinart, a USC quarterback, found himself slipping during the first round of his draft. Sure enough, Arizona rolled the dice on him.
Although they struck out immensely with Leinart, I certainly expect Barkley to be a much more worthwhile investment.