Matt Barkley Drafted by Philadelphia Eagles in 4th Round
The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the first pick in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft to select USC quarterback Matt Barkley.
CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora tweets the terms of the Jaguars-Eagles trade:
So the Eagles get a QB to start the 4th round. Matt Barkley from USC. Jags get a 7th round pick and drop back in 4th round— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 27, 2013
I’m an Eagle!! Time to fly baby— Matthew Barkley (@MattBarkley) April 27, 2013
However, concerns linger about Barkley's perceived lack of arm strength and ability to handle the blitz consistently.
Nobody could have expected Barkley to skid all the way into Day 3. Barkley is a pro-style quarterback and doesn't exactly fit into Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense, but this is a high-reward selection and one that should pay dividends for the Eagles.
With lackluster pass-protection during his senior year, it was difficult for Barkley to stand tall in the pocket and deliver accurately. That led to an increase in turnovers, and Barkley also missed his final two college games with an injured throwing shoulder.
The recent history of USC quarterbacks is also not working in Barkley's favor. Both Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez have struggled mightily as top-flight picks, while former No. 1 pick Carson Palmer hasn't played at as high of a level as he did near the beginning of his career.
With all of that counting against him, there are still plenty of positives with regard to Barkley being taken at this juncture in the draft.
First, his intangibles and ability to lead have been universally praised. The fact that he returned for his final year with the Trojans to pursue a national title after a two-year postseason ban certainly cannot hurt evaluations of his character.
Getting a potential franchise quarterback in this slot also represents outstanding value if Barkley pans out.
Barkley finished his illustrious college career with several notable Pac-12 records (per Sports-Reference.com)—completions (1,001), attempts (1,052), yards (12,327) and passing touchdowns (116).
It remains to be seen how Barkley's game translates to the professional level, but taking a flier on him at this point with a rather thin crop of quarterbacks is a wise move by the Eagles.
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