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Scout: Barkley is a backup talent

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08:01 AM ET 04.02 | While some believe Matt Barkley hurt his draft stock by returning to the Trojans, there is some sentiment that he wasn't a top-10 pick in 2012, either. Barkley is a player who got a lot of attention because he played at USC, but it's not his senior season that should knock him out of the top 10. It's his skill set. "I don't think Barkley really hurt himself," one AFC college scouting director told NFL.com's Albert Breer. "He was the same guy last year. He didn't start falling in October, no matter where he was on everyone's 'big board' in December. I looked at Barkley (after his junior year), and I thought he was a backup quarterback. I told people, 'I'm not sold.' And it was the same thing this year. In the end, I don't think he hurt himself."

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April 2, 2013  08:05 AM ET

File this one under "duh".

April 2, 2013  08:08 AM ET

High on the board, he risks getting picked by a doormat team and spending his career behind a weak O-line, throwing to stone-fingered receivers. If he falls further down, he might get a chance to ride the pine on a good team and learn to be an NFL quarterback.

April 2, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Every QB in this draft is a backup...

April 2, 2013  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Every QB in this draft is a backup...

As are at least 25% of the starters in the NFL.

April 2, 2013  08:30 AM ET

I hope this kid breaks all the passing records, just to shut these clowns up!!!

April 2, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I hope this kid breaks all the passing records, just to shut these clowns up!!!

He's no Cam Newton.

April 2, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I hope this kid breaks all the passing records, just to shut these clowns up!!!

And he's certainly no RG-III.

Hail to the Redskins!

April 2, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I hope this kid breaks all the passing records, just to shut these clowns up!!!

He may be a Matt Leinart

April 2, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Well then that settles it. If he's a back-up talent, then he will be going to the Jets.

April 2, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Well then that settles it. If he's a back-up talent, then he will be going to the Jets.

Check out of Ryan gets any new tats with the #7.

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April 2, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

And he's certainly no RG-III.Hail to the Redskins!

HAIL!!!

April 2, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Carson Palmer, Jr.

April 2, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Leinert, Sanchez, Cassel and soon to be Barkley. The roadside to NFL stardom is littered with the carcasses of former USC QB's.

April 2, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Leinert, Sanchez, Cassel and soon to be Barkley. The roadside to NFL stardom is littered with the carcasses of former USC QB's.

Sort of like all of those stud "can't miss" pass-rushing defensive ends that came out of Florida State a few years back. Every year a new "can't miss" came out and every year they fell like lead balloons.

April 2, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Check out of Ryan gets any new tats with the #7.

He may not remember the night he got #6 one, but I'll bet he remembers the hangover.

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April 2, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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Lane Kiffin made Barkley worse.

This may be true... But he still sucked prior to Kiffin.

April 2, 2013  10:28 AM ET

Apparently he made Monte worse too.

 
April 2, 2013  10:49 AM ET

If Al Davis were alive he'd draft him at #3.

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