LOS ANGELES Matt Barkley had one chance to impress, and although his pro day at USC was far from perfect, it probably still served its primary purpose.
Barkley wanted to show that his injured right shoulder, which cut short his senior season and kept him out of the Senior Bowl, was fully healed. He threw 62 passes of varying lengths on Wednesday and showed no ill effects.
Barkley insisted he didnt need to prove anything at his pro day, either to himself or to scouts. But given his inactivity since November, he had to show something scouts could write in their notebooks.
Thats not my job, Barkley said. I do what I do, and if it was proof enough for someone else then so be it. But I dont think that was my goal today.
A lot of the proof is in the tape. Thats where they look first. I think today was just proof that I still have an arm and still could throw and make those passes down the field.
He made them. NFL coaches will decide on draft day in April just how good they were.