Former USC Trojan Matt Barkley’s college career didn’t end as he had planned it. Barkley was projected as a high first round pick in last years draft class, but decided to stay for his senior year. Going into his senior season as the leading Heisman Trophy candidate, he found himself on the sideline for his team’s final two games of the season due to a separated shoulder at the end of a loss to UCLA in November.
“I’m 100% on track with my rehab program, it’s been a slow process.”
“I plan to start right away,” the 6-2, 230-pounder told the media at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Friday. “My goal is to be playing in September.”
That’s a bold statement coming from a kid who decided to skip the combine work-outs to continue rehabilitation on his separated right shoulder.
When asked during his Friday media session about the perception of him lacking an NFL-caliber arm, Barkley simply responded, “I would disagree.”
“I would disagree; watch the tape, you can watch the tape where I made throws in tight windows. I can make every NFL throw that you need, so I would disagree.”
He’ll have wait until his March 27th pro day to silence the critics who question whether or not he’s got the arm strength to make all the throws at the next level.
I’ve never been a big fan of Matt Barkley, but the more I watch him conduct himself with the media, the more I like him. He definitely has the “It” factor. Something Chiefs QB’s have been missing for a while. I don’t see the Chiefs taking Barkley with the no.1 pick, but it would be a dream scenario if he fell into the second round.
| Matt Barkley | 47 games played. 12,327 yards. 63.8% completion. 116 TDs 48 INTs
— John Ames (@J_Ames07) February 9, 2013
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