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Matt Barkley scouting report

Matt Barkley QB USC #7
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 220
Strengths:
Adequate height; good overall size and strength. Adequate arm strength; can make all the necessary throws. Patient in the pocket; does a nice job going through is progressions. Has a nice touch on his throws; knows when to take something off and when he needs to fire it in there. Generally a good decision maker. Smooth delivery and a very quick release. Three years of experience in a pro-style offense. Team leader on the field; teammates and coaches all seem to respect his leadership.
Weaknesses:
Limited mobility; won’t make plays with his feet. Accuracy is adequate, but not elite. Arm strength is nothing special, but shouldn’t be a major concern. Does not look good throwing on the run; fundamentals break down and his accuracy is erratic. Has caused some controversies off the field (e.g. called Vontaze Burfict a dirty player); needs to learn when to keep his mouth shut when speaking to media.
Comments:
Barkley lacks the elite tools (mainly accuracy) to be in a category with Andrew Luck, but he has everything he needs to succeed as a starter at the next level. I would be surprised if he ever reached the Brady/Manning/Brees level of success, but he has what it takes to be in that next tier with guys like Cutler/Rivers. Some of his comments made off the field raise a red flag about his ego, and should cause teams to ask some tough questions of him and USC’s coaching staff to learn about who he is as a person. But assuming no further red flags are raised, this should be a minor issue that can be attributed to immaturity.
Videos:
2011 vs UCLA
2011 vs Oregon

2011 vs Arizona 
2011 vs Arizona State
2011 vs Minnesota
2011 vs California
2011 vs Washington
2011 vs Colorado
2010 vs Stanford 

 

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