QB Scouting Report: Matt Barkley

Matt Barkley
QB, USC
6-foot-2, 224lbs.

Arm Strength
He is more of a timing and touch passer than a guy who can drive the ball with velocity. Lacks big time zip on deep seam type throws. Just average as a deep passer.

Accuracy
Very good ball placement and accuracy short and intermediate. Throws a catchable ball and can hit receivers in numbers on timing routes. Doesn't seem to make many errant throws.

Poise in pocket
Calm under pressure. Scans the field well looking for secondary options. Can get rid of the ball under duress. Never appears rattled. Very good composure.

Mobility
Has the athletic skill to roll outside the pocket and make plays on the move. Very accurate short/intermediate passer on the fly.

Game Management
Smart player, good decision maker who is always in control on the field. Usually makes the right reads down the field as well as checkoffs at line of scrimmage.

Summary
Barkley might not have the size and arm strength some teams desire, but this guy is very consistent and efficient and should be a solid NFL starter in the near future. Has all the intangibles you look for in a leader. Very adept at going through progressions and hitting second and third targets on any given play. Has the feet and movement skill to roll away from pressure and make plays outside the pocket. Always seems in control and doesn't get flustered very often. His accuracy is a big strength, especially on underneath throws. His deep ball is not his strength but has every bit the arm of a player like Drew Brees. Impressive player and leader.

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Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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