Matt Barkley | Draft Breakdown

Matt Barkley

Position QB School USC
Height 6' 2 1/2" Weight 227 lbs
Class Senior Number 7
All-Star --- 40 Time ---

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Initial Thoughts

Eric Stoner: Great balance and feet.  Arm strength is a bit lacking, although rumor is that Barkley has gotten bigger/stronger and has increased the velocity on his throws over the offseason.  While he is not necessarily mobile or athletic, he is more adept in the intermediate passing game when he gets some movement on bootlegs and waggles.  He is advanced in concepts as is given plenty of autonomy at the line of scrimmage. Counts box defenders and is largely responsible for making decisions in the run game, which features heavily in Smoke and Bubble screen constraints.  The system itself is a bit of a paradox – as stated, he has autonomy to get himself into the best plays and situations based on what the defense is giving him.  On the other hand, the offense gives him a lot of easy, unchallenging throws that pad his stats and keep the offense on schedule and in manageable situations (over 50% of his throws occur no further than 5 yards downfield, with almost a quarter being passes thrown behind the line of scrimmage).