Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The success of the past two quarterback classes has paved the way for several prospects to see their stocks rise, despite their clear weaknesses and/or lack of NFL skills, and Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll knows this is true for one of his former USC players in Matt Barkley:
"It’s the easiest time ever for a quarterback to come into the NFL. Matt Barkley is a great talent but the skids have been greased for him by the performances of the young quarterbacks from last year. What I’m saying is what happened last year with all of those rookie quarterbacks doing so well means that first, next year’s rookies have it easier because they’re following in the paths of guys like Russell (Wilson). Second, because of that success, coaches are going to be more willing to take a chance with a rookie. If I was Barkley, I’d be smiling from ear to ear."
September 22, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore (21) makes a long gain on a reception against the Missouri Tigers in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews said in an interview at the NFL scouting combine that South Carolina runningback Marcus Lattimore is ahead of schedule with his rehabilitation, and there’s even a possibility that he could take the field during the 2013 NFL season:
"He can play if everything continues to go well. He’s ahead of the schedule for somebody with that type of injury. He’s a delight. He has the finest character equal to any athlete I’ve ever treated."