Wow. I didn’t see this coming from a mile away. Someone asked about Matt Barkley and I said he wouldn’t be an Eagles target. Didn’t have the athleticism we thought Chip Kelly would want. Only has an average arm.
Kelly said the Eagles had a Top 50 grade on Barkley. He was too good to pass up. Kelly said one of Matt’s biggest strengths is “repetitive accuracy”. Never heard that phrase before, but I know exactly what he means. Chip wants a QB that can put the ball to the same spot over and over and over.
Do I like the pick? Impossible to truly answer because I don’t know the offense. I was focused on mobile QBs like Matt Scott, Zac Dysert, and Jeff Tuel.
Do I like Barkley? Yes. Love the kid. I was on 97.5 a couple of weeks back talking about the draft. Phil brought up USC QBs and how he didn’t care for them. I made it a point to defend Barkley. He’s different. Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez are pretty boys that want the GQ lifestyle. Barkley is a gym rat that lives for football. And he’s not there in the golden era, surrounded by elite players. Barkley played through some adversity. He’s got more mental and emotional toughness than Sanchez and Leinart combined.
My big concern with Barkley was arm strength. He throws good deep balls, but they have plenty of arc to them. That can be an issue in the NFL. Some of his intermediate throws had too much arc. There are reports that he had a shoulder injury that affected him. I need to study his 2011 tape to see if there is a noticeable difference.
I do love Senior QBs that have talent and experience. Barkley has plenty of both. He is ready for the NFL. We’ll have to see if he’s got the physical ability to play well.
What does this pick mean for the QB situtation? Many on Twitter assumed that it was bad news for Nick Foles. I’m not so sure about that at all. I think the guy who should be worried is Mike Vick. The Eagles had a chance to trade Nick Foles. They didn’t. That means they think he can play. The Eagles then added Barkley. Those guys are the future. Are they the present as well?
Everyone pointed out that Vick and Dixon made Foles look like the oddball QB. Now Foles and Barkley make Vick look like the oddball QB.
Foles has the upper hand on Barkley for now. Foles was a 3rd round pick, Barkley a 4th. Foles has NFL experience, Barkley doesn’t. They are competition for each other. One can become the starter and the other can be the backup. We spent mid-round picks on them. Having a mid-rounder as your backup is good value.
Could Barkley come out of this as the starter in 2013? That is possible. I said Foles has the upper hand for now, but Chip Kelly drafted Barkley. That’s his guy. That can change things. And Barkley is a veteran QB. He threw 1001 passes at USC, playing against good competition and in a system that mixed the spread and the WCO. Barkley won’t be foreign to pro concepts.
Daniel Jeremiah said on NFLN that Howie Roseman was very high on Barkley last year. This is a player the Eagles must have really liked and felt was just too good not to take. QB coach Bill Lazor did have an individual workout with Barkley and the team interviewed him at the Combine so the Eagles have checked him out thoroughly.
I’ve got a ton of tape study and research to do. This pick came out of left field. I do love the fact that Chip Kelly is full of surprises. It will be a while before we get him figured out.