What I like:
Barkley is my pre-season #1 quarterback for the 2013 draft. He’s a prototypical pocket passer who possesses the arm and intelligence to be a top draft pick. He has great accuracy in the short and intermediate game and has adequate arm strength. He plays in a pro-style offense and his mechanics are above average. He’s calm in the pocket and despite not being the best athlete, he can move around well when he feels pressure.
What I don’t like:
His arm is just average. At times his passes can die on him and he doesn’t throw a great deep ball. It’s enough to get the job done but it won’t be bailing him out either. He’s not a great athlete and isn’t much of a threat with his legs. His footwork needs to be cleaned up a bit and he needs to work on driving the ball down-field better. Despite making good decisions overall, he tends to make some bad decisions with pressure in his face.
Barkley should have another good year at USC and while he has some competition for the #1 overall pick, I think he’s got the head start. I can’t imagine him not being a top draft pick in the 2013 draft class.