Matt Barkley: Why the Dallas Cowboys Must Draft the USC Quarterback

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2012

USC's Matt Barkley
USC's Matt BarkleyEzra Shaw/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys need to draft Matt Barkley to eventually replace their current quarterback, Tony Romo. Why is this you ask? At the age of 32, Romo isn't getting any younger and will likely seek a big long-term deal when his current contract expires next year.

So given Romo's age and how little salary cap room the Cowboys have, it makes sense that they draft a quarterback that could eventually take over the offense's reigns. The Cowboys won't have the top pick in next year's draft, but they could land a pick somewhere in the middle, which makes a pick like USC's Matt Barkley the ideal choice.

At 6'2 and 230 lbs., Barkley excels at making accurate throws while rolling out of the pocket. He also possesses incredible poise according to one scouting report, while others tout  his arm strength, consistency, and intangibles too.  

As the Cowboys roster continues to evolve, they won't miss a beat should Barkley assume leadership. Can you picture Barkley connecting with Dez Bryant or Miles Austin? Barkley's smarts and athleticism are exactly what Dallas needs at the quarterback position if things don't work out with Tony Romo.