NFL execs aren’t pleased with Matt Barkley. And we haven’t even played a game yet in the 2012 College Football.
Here’s a couple of quotes:
From what I looked at last year, he does not have a big arm. He was surrounded by a lot of high-quality players.
He has some accuracy to his ball, but he did not have a lot of velocity. I think his arm strength is average. They have a good offensive line and a good tight end and he throws the ball on time and got better last year. He can start in the league. I just don’t think he is a franchise-type guy.
Here’s the funny thing about the first quote:
USC’s offense was only Matt Barkley and Robert Woods for the first 5 games of the season. Sure, Marqise Lee is gonna be a first round pick next year, but he didn’t emerge until the California game. The running game didn’t emerge until the same game, actually.
Sure, Matt doesn’t have a strong arm, but it’s strong enough. Dude is one of the most accurate passes in the game right now. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen Matt play for about 5 years, but he’s a franchise type of guy. If he gets blessed to be in the right situation, he could be a stud.
If anything, he’ll hear this type of criticism all season long. It’s just cute when folks will over analyze every pass he throws this season.
4 days until Hawaii.