Posted April 04, 2013

USC’s Matt Barkley won’t attend NFL draft, will have private workout with Cardinals

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USC quarterback Matt Barkley does not plan to attend the NFL Draft in April. However, he is reportedly working out privately with the Arizona Cardinals. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

USC quarterback Matt Barkley does not plan to attend the NFL Draft in April. However, he is reportedly working out privately with the Arizona Cardinals. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

USC quarterback Matt Barkley doesn’t plan to attend the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, reports ProFootballTalk:

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Barkley has decided not to accept an invitation to attend.  Barkley has opted instead to spend the evening his family and friends that night.

Some will suspect that he also decided not to risk a long night in the green room for round one, and then a return for the second evening of the draft.

Barkley separated his shoulder in a game against UCLA in November which ended his season. However, he quelled concerns about his throwing ability at USC’s Pro Day and is also scheduled for a private workout with the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, according to ESPN:

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim are scheduled to hold a private workout Saturday at USC for quarterback Matt Barkley, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.


5 comments
Yeep
Yeep like.author.displayName 1 Like

Has the NFL finally figured out that USC quarterbacks are garbage? The res of the nation has known this for years.

SwagSports
SwagSports

 @Yeep Yeah, because Carson Palmer didn't make several pro bowls before getting his knee and elbow torn up. Mark Sanchez also didn't help lead his team to two consecutive AFC Championship games his first two years either. Oh, wait... they did?! NO WAY! You'll probably say Carson sucks now, but I'm sure you'll forget about those debilitating injuries. Drew Brees would be garbage with the same injuries, but that's overlooked. Then you'll say "Oh, look at how bad Sanchez has been!" completely disregarding that Tom Brady would be miserable if he was throwing to Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens all year.

 

Leinart had a noodle arm, and Booty was never expected to be good. Don't trash the other two because your favorite college team can't recruit or develop QB's worth talking about every year.

nilbymouth
nilbymouth like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @SwagSports  @Yeep

 You are correct Palmer didn't make "several" Pro Bowls before his injury. He made two. Two is not "several". As for Sanchez, he didn't "lead" his team to any AFC Championship game. In 2009 the Jets had the number one Defense which is why they got to the AFC Championship game. Sanchez had a whopping 53.8% completion with 12 TD's and 20 INT's. And 2010 they had the sixth ranked Defense. Sure Sanchez did improve from his rookie year, but 54.8% completion with 17 TD's and 13 INT's is hardly eye-popping numbers...

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @Yeep Well, I think a lot of it is these guys get a sense of entitlement and think they don't have to keep working hard once they have some success.  I don't get the love for Barkley though, I think he'll be a career backup at best.  I'm sure he'll get a couple of seasons to start and show what he's worth but slip away into the scrub category after that...

Yeep
Yeep

 @stabmasterarson21  You mean being surrounded by 5 star athletes and the best of the best. Then being drafted so a dumpster fire of a team in the 1st pick might have a bit of a culture shock? lol