5. Matt Barkley, USC (6-2, 227)
6,801 pass yards, 66.5% completed, 75 TD, 22 INT between 2011-12
Barkley’s arm strength has been a popular topic of conversation leading up to the draft, but it’s not as soft as Chad Pennington’s, who he’s often compared to. He won’t wow you with his velocity or with his deep ball, but Barkley can make the necessary throws so long as his feet are set. His biggest asset is his experience and intangibles. Barkley was a four-year starter in high school before doing the same at USC. He’s a confident leader. His size could hinder him at the next level and he’s slow-footed, however, and when he can escape he’s not the best thrower on the run. All in all, Barkley is a prospect who lacks upside and versatility, but he’ll still be a safe bet to go in the first two rounds due to his reliable fundamentals. You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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