Originally Posted by Texian
How quickly we forget, Barkley was a sure fire first rd pick according to the media if he had come out his Jr. year, just like Lienart. Them boys got the same hype Mariota is getting now. Them boys then had a higher ceiling than Mariota. The media has a tendency to sensationalize, it makes for a better read and an easier sell.
Gotta agree with this. Media was basically reporting that Barkley was turning down the #1 overall pick for another year in college. I liked him coming out but he was never that
Mariota is very overrated right now. He has had a ton of success in college so far but he has had to make very few tough throws. He has made plenty of plays from inside the pocket, but his ability to run scares defenses into playing him differently than he would see in the pros. Hopefully he gets some more experience reading and throwing against real coverages next year.