Join Date: Jan 2010
Section: Fort Kickass
Re: QBs in this draft class.
More info on Matt Barkley from ESPN:
4.9 40 yard dash time
Possesses average height and bulk along with good top-end speed for the position.
Bruised his throwing shoulder (right) against Ohio State in 2009 and was forced to miss the following week against Washington. In addition, had surgery on his right wrist following the 2010 season to relieve stiffness and clean up inflammation. In 2010 sustained a left ankle sprain against Oregon State and was forced to miss the second half of that game as well as the following week against Notre Dame. Pieced together a healthy and full 2011 season which has eased some durability concerns at this point.
A very disciplined and religious individual. A natural leader who kept team together in amidst of former Coach Pete Carroll leaving for the Seattle Seahawks and the program being handed down severe sanctions by the NCAA in the off-season before the fall of 2010. A three time team captain and was the first sophomore in USC history to be named team captain. Understands the necessary sacrifices both on the field and in the weight and film room to be successful at the position. Holds a career mark of 27-9 in 36 starts through first three seasons. Matt and his family have spent recent Christmas' volunteering with orphans in third world countries.
Mental Makeup 1
A polished prospect that possesses a high football IQ and shoulders a tremendous amount of responsibility conducting a pro-style offense. Possesses great field awareness and has a thorough understanding of game situations. Processes information quickly both with pre and post-snap. Sees the entire field and consistently can get to second and third progressions. Savvy and can manipulate coverage with pump fakes. Oblivious to the rush and will sit in the pocket and make throw under duress. Calm and executed well working against pressure and rarely takes sacks. Can anticipate throwing lanes. Much improved in terms of a decision maker and taking care of the ball in 2011.
Overall accuracy is good. Consistently hits the mark with short-to-intermediate throws. Shows excellent touch and placement with shallow crosses and slants and allows receivers to maximize yards after the catch. Also shows ability to deliver an accurate ball when feet are not set and off-balance. Still struggled to find consistency in 2011 with deeper intermediate and down field throws. Needs to show more touch with long ball to provide targets more room for error to adjust. Above-average accuracy on the move both rolling to his right and left.
Release/Arm Strength 3
Possesses a quick over-the-top to 3/4 release and flashes ability to change release point if need be. Arm strength is adequate. Does not have prototypical capabilities to drive the ball and stretch the field vertically as a Joe Flacco or Ben Roethlisberger. However, did show ability to make all the necessary NFL type throws including getting good velocity on deep out throws from opposite hash.
Pocket Mobility 2
Has limitations athletically but makes up for it with savvy in the pocket. Pocket instincts and poise to sit the pocket, keep eyes downfield and get through progressions is one the best we've seen at the collegiate level. Does a nice job of using subtle movements avoid the rush while keeping eyes down field while securing the ball with two hands. Does not panic when feeling pocket collapsing. Never going to a threat running the ball but can escape the pocket and buy time to extend plays.
Personal life info from Wiki (sounds like Bob McNair's type of player):
Barkley is a devout Christian and plays acoustic guitar with a church youth group. His father Les co-owns an insurance business with his brother in-law. At Mater Dei, Barkley's parents started the Monarchs for Marines (M4M) campaign, whereby hundreds of Mater Dei students, coaches and parents volunteered to landscape and renovate youth areas at nearby Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Barkley had a 3.77 GPA in high school and frequently speaks to young students about the importance of staying on top of school work. Barkley's cousin, Robbie Boyer, was a walk-on at USC during Barkley's freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
During Christmas 2008, Barkley went with a group of friends and family to help run an orphanage in South Africa. He appears on I Am Second, sharing the story of his Christian faith and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. At the beginning of his USC career, Barkley befriended former USC Olympian, World War II prisoner of war and inspirational speaker, Louis Zamperini.