Top Landing Spots for Matt Barkley in Round 2

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IApril 26, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans makes a pass during the game against the California Golden Bears at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Matt Barkley didn't hear his name called in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, but he will surely be selected at some point in Round 2 when the action heats up once again on Friday. 

Unlike Geno Smith, who was once considered to be as much of a lock as anyone to be selected in the first round, it isn't a shock that Barkley is still available after the first round. 

A smart quarterback with every intangible you look for in the face of your franchise, Barkley's physical attributes are average at best. 

The four-year starter at USC doesn't possess a strong arm, he struggles to escape pressure and also isn't particularly accurate when throwing on the run. These limitations don't preclude him from having a long and successful career in the NFL, but they do give teams pause when assessing value on a draft board.

The same quarterback-needy teams that passed on a signal-caller in Round 1 are still in need, however, and these teams will give Barkley strong consideration in the second round on Friday.


Arizona Cardinals (No. 38 Overall)

The Cardinals made a trade with the Oakland Raiders for Carson Palmer this spring, and there's no doubt he'll be the team's starter in 2013. That said, he's certainly not a long-term answer for this franchise at the age of 33, and Bruce Arians will no doubt be interested in grooming his replacement. 

Furthermore, there's no guarantee Palmer will stay healthy this year, and there's no guarantee he'll give the team the kind of production it expected when he was brought on. Should Palmer go down with an injury or fail to produce, the Cardinals don't have a reliable player behind him.

Drew Stanton would be the backup plan for Arians and the Cardinals. To this point in his career, Stanton has completed just 55.6 percent of his passes and has thrown five touchdowns against nine interceptions. 

Drafting Barkley would be a savvy move to hedge against disaster this year. Furthermore, if he isn't called into duty in 2013 he'd be ready to hit the ground running in 2014 with a year of knowledge under his belt. 


New York Jets (No. 39 Overall)

The Jets have one of the most unenviable quarterback situation in the league. 

Mark Sanchez was a walking time bomb last year who exploded with horrible play at the worst possible moments for this team, and David Garrard hasn't played in the regular season since the 2010 season. 

Tim Tebow to the rescue? I don't think so. 

Barkley could potentially beat out every single quarterback on the Jets roster for the starting spot this year, should the Jets draft him.

He has the experience behind center from his four years in a pro-style offense at USC, is perfect for Marty Mornhinweg's West-Coast offense and has the poise to succeed early in his career. 

The Jets could certainly do a lot worse, and I'll be shocked to see Barkley slide past No 39. 


San Diego Chargers (No. 45 Overall)

Should the Jets pass on the opportunity to land Barkley, he would be a phenomenal pickup for the Chargers. 

Sure, Philip Rivers still has plenty of good years left in his arm, but if he gets injured, the Chargers don't have anyone behind him capable of winning games.

Charlie Whitehurst is the team's backup quarterback, and he has a career passer rating of 64.4 and has completed just 54.2 percent of his passes. 


Whitehurst can't be new general manager Tom Telesco's backup plan, and he'd be smart to bring in Barkley to study under Rivers until Rivers is ready to hang up the pads and retire. 


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