NFL scouts and coaches was present for USC Matt Barkley’s much-anticipated Pro Day on Wednesday, and the popular belief was that he he helped improve his draft stock with a solid throwing session. Some scouts even compared his throwing ability to that of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton:
In the quarterback drills, Barkley threw all of his passes into the wind. I’m told that Barkley displayed an arm strength similar to that of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, and that he also did a good job throwing the seam route. It was a workout better than some had expected.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were well-represented today in Los Angeles, with general manager David Caldwell, coach Gus Bradley and team owner Shad Khan‘s son, Tony Khan (the team’s senior vice president of football technology and analytics), in attendance.
Also in attendance were Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead.
Like Dalton, Barkley doesn’t have cannon for an arm. He instead relies on accuracy and precise timing to pick apart defenses, and Dalton has done well with that style in his first two years in the league. If NFL teams believe Barkley can be the next Andy Dalton, he’ll probably be selected somewhere in the late first-early second-round of April’s draft, just as Dalton was in 2011.
And a small update on the draft’s top running back prospect in Alabama’s Eddie Lacy: He will work out fully and run the 40-time on April 11th.