Today I had the pleasure to talk with several NFL scouts and pick there brains about the Quarterbacks in the upcoming draft. Last year if you would have told me that Matt Barkley would be a second rounder I would have told you, your crazy. I still feel the same way this year, so I asked a few NFL scouts what they thought and it seemed as if they had a difference of opinions. I talked to 4 NFL Scouts and asked them today about Barkley and the other quarterbacks in the group.
Two of the NFL scouts said very quickly that Barkley was by far the best quarterback, one said that he thought Geno Smith was the best and one said that he thought Mike Glennon was the best, but this team drafted later in the first round.
I asked the one scout from the AFC what he thought separated Barkley from the other quarterbacks, he said consistencey. He said Barkley has never thrown less that 15 touchdowns, has started all four years, and is a proven winner. He said if Barkley came out last year he would have been drafted before RG3 in his opinion. He said Barkley can make all the NFL throws, and has great zip on the ball. I asked the same scout to finish out his top 3 quarterbacks after Barkley and he said Tyler Wilson and Geno Smith.
The NFC scout that told me he thought Barkley was the best said that Barkley by far throws the best ball, and he is a very solid player. He said he didn’t believe Barkley would fall past out of the top 20. I was not shocked by this but he said one quarterback that has drastically improved since his last game was E.J. Manuel. He said E.J. could have easily solidified himself in a second round pick. The scout said he is very athletic and would be surprised if he doesn’t keep impressing at the Combine.
One name that the scouts almost all agreed on who said was a good quarterback but nothing more than a mid rounder was Zac Dysert. They said he looked shaken at times in the Senior Bowl and one even went on to say he could see him as a quality back up and that is it.
We all know that Matt Barkley couldn’t make it to the Senior Bowl due to injury, but I asked the scouts if they thought it hurt the stock of the guys like Geno Smith for missing the Senior Bowl, and all of them said no. One AFC Scout told me that all NFL teams have already watched Geno in over 5 games. Every NFL team does their homework, said the scout. One scout said it could guage more interest in the players like Geno or Manti T’eo because now all the teams are going to want to sit down and pick the brain of the players.
Another NFC scout told me that he thought Geno could have helped himsefl by not going to the Senior Bowl, because their was no one clear winner outside of EJ Manuel. He said that EJ was never really considered a first round in his opinion, but guys like Mike Glennon, Ryan Nassib and Tyler Wilson didn’t help themselves in Mobile, but didn’t hurt themselves that much either. But it did seperate them from the rest of the pack. So while some believe that Geno was dumb for skipping it looks like he could end up with the last laugh.
I asked all four scouts what quarterback will be drafted first and 2 said Barkley and 2 said Geno. This was interesting to me, because these scouts all believed that Barkley would be drafted in the first round and two of the teams said Barkley is still the number one quarterback on their draft board. It seems that Matt Barkley’s money could be growing, and he is just healing back in California. Barkley came out today and said that the USC proday would be pushed back two weeks from it’s original date so Matt will be a hundred percent.