2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Over the next 12 months I will try and create hundreds of scouting reports on all the draft prospects in the draft next year. I am going to start with the quarterback from USC, Matt Barkley.

Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 230

Class: Senior

2011 Stats: 308-446, 3528 yards, 69.1 completion %, 7.91 YPA, 39 TD, 7INT, 8 Sacks

Draft Projection: Top 5

Draft Grade (out of 100) – 95

Player Comparison: Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit


  • Work Ethic
  • Leadership
  • Polished technique
  • Great job reading through progressions
  • Accuracy, especially on tough throws like the deep out and fade
  • Sells play fakes very well


  • Only average arm strength
  • Needs to add zip to medium route throws
  • Only an average athlete
  • Does not put enough air on deep throws

Final Word: Matt Barkley is a fantastic quarterback prospect but he is not in the same league as Griffin or Luck. He has only average arm strength and will need to improve his ability on the deep ball. Despite those concerns, he is a very safe pick because of his work ethic and technique. I would say his best fit is in a West Coast offense.


2 Comments on “2013 NFL Draft Scouting Reports – Matt Barkley, QB, USC”

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  2. I take pleasure in, cause I found just what I used to be taking a look for.

    You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

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