Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/28/13
As if the 2013 NFL Draft was not already interesting enough by Saturday morning; the Philadelphia Eagles made the most questionable pick in the draft when they moved up to select Matt Barkley with the 98th overall pick and the first pick of the fourth round. Considering the Eagles already have 3 quarterbacks in camp capable of starting; the only thing that makes since for Chip Kelly to draft Barkley is so he does not have to worry about losing to him anymore.Barkley was the topped ranked quarterback heading into the 2012 college football season but soon saw his stock fall after a sub par season, and finishing the season on the bench due to a shoulder injury. Really lets be honest; USC does not produce NFL championship winning quarterbacks, and Barkley should consider himself lucky to even have been drafted.While some of the “experts” think that Barkley is a good fit for the Eagles; here are a few reasons why he will be the next Trojans quarterback to always refer to their college days as the best football they ever played:1. Michael Vick – Even though Vick has struggled the past couple of seasons; he still offers the Eagles the best opportunity to win. The biggest problem Vick has been facing is playing behind a weak offensive line. Vick is a scrambling quarterback and Lane Johnson is athletic enough to be able to still be able to protect Vick out of the pocket. 2. The Offense – Chip Kelly runs a totally different offense than Barkley is accustomed to playing in and even though Barkley has good speed; he does not have the upper body strength t o get the ball down the field scrambling. 3. Ability To Win Big Games – Playing in the NFC East; the Eagles play in many big games and will get booed out of town if he struggles. Alone in 2012, Barkley lost four of the Trojans rivalry games including a 62-51 slug fest to Kelly's Oregon Ducks team. There are many reasons that Barkley will never be a winning quarterback in the Philadelphia; these are just a few that come to mind on. The best thing Barkley can do is use this time to perfect his skills just in case he does get on a team more suitable for him.
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