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While not at the top of the list like many him before the season, Matt Barkley is still respected amongst some of the best minds of the position.
Height: 6-2 1/2
Weight: 227 lbs.
40-Yard Dash: 4.90
2012: 3,273 Passing Yards, 36 Passing Touchdowns, 15 Interceptions, 63.6 Completion Percentage, 8.5 Yards Per Attempt, -72 Rushing Yards, 0 Rushing Touchdowns
"Matt can throw any ball that is required in the pro level accurately and with plenty of zip. College football is a lot different. Hashes are different. You can throw an out route and it’s a much longer throw than in the NFL level. He can drive a deep bench route 35-40 yards on a line with no problem." - Steve Clarkson
"One of the most advanced kids I’ve ever seen early-on. I swear he had a photographic memory." - Steve Clarkson
"Has really good mechanics. (Barkley) has no wasted motion in his delivery. Has what I call 'sweet feet'. Has been dropping back more considerably than any other college quarterback." - Terry Shea
"I put him in the same realm as Carson Palmer. I think he can go into the pro’s and be successful. Has a strong arm, cerebral in terms of checking coverage and alignments" - Donovan Dooley
"When you talk about reps, in terms of game reps, there is a benefit to him. In terms of the whole draft, having a solid pre-snap, (Barkley's) probably the best at doing it." - Donovan Dooley
"When you really look at him, I see a ton of upside." - Donovan Dooley
"Short, compact release. Can really put a lot on the ball." - Steve Clarkson
"I remember Jon Gruden looking at him and saying “oh my gosh, this kid has so much ability.” - Steve Clarkson talking about a time Barkley worked out at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facilities.
"Fluid passer." - Ken Mastrole
"Doesn’t spin the ball really tight. That worries me a little bit. To be able to drive the ball in really bad weather, you have to be able to spin the football really tight." - Steve Calhoun
"We know what we’re getting. (Barkley's) not Mike Vick or Steve Young." - Steve Clarkson talking about Barkley's athletic ability.
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"Biggest thing is (Barkley's) leadership. I don’t think you can undervalue that at all. What he did at USC, it showed people that didn’t know him what kind of person you are getting. When you have a leader that can take something at its worse and make something positive out of it, that’s what you want. You don’t want when the air gets thick, and he starts choking. That’s a quality that’s not coached, he’s just born with." - Steve Clarkson
While many in the media have been bashing Barkley essentially since the beginning of this past season, the guru's are still seemingly in love with him.
Talking with Clarkson, who has trained Barkley since the age of 14, was a great opportunity to hear about Barkley. Clarkson spoke with great passion when speaking of Barkley, and you can tell that there is a high level of respect between the two.
Clarkson was not the one that directed Barkley's Pro Day, however. Chris Weinke did and Clarkson said some of his insight on the Pro Day, which he wasn't a fan of.
"You want to just answer the question, not give anything else," said Clarkson. "There was no reason for (Barkley) to run. It's much different than playing a game. It’s more of a Broadway opera than playing a game. You have a script, you work on the script, you perfect it. Manning has still never run a forty time. Peyton Manning has never run one. (Weinke) wasted four hours of this (Barkley's) time. You need your legs under you for the throws."
Clarkson went on to say how Barkley should've thrown significantly less passes during the workout.
"Workout should’ve been 40-45 throws," Clarkson estimated. "Simplistic throws take a lot of a young man’s legs. Also want your receivers to be fresh to go after the ball, go get the ball at their fastest speed. Spend about three-quarters of that workout, doing all the intermediate throws, and now the kids are somewhat exhausted."
Well essentially tied for the top spot with Geno Smith in his rankings, Clarkson did say that if you're looking for "a guy for a franchise, can’t go against Matt Barkley."
Calhoun had Barkley fourth, Mastrole put him fifth, and Dooley had Barkley fourth as well.