Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/13/13
USC quarterback Matt Barkley is one of the top quarterbacks available in the 2013 NFL Draft. Mock Drafts have Barkley being the second or third best QB option depending on who's mock draft you look at. Either way you slice it, Barkley is going to have to buck an ugly trend that has preceeded him prior to his NFL eligibility. It is really nothing that he did on his own. It is more so something that prior quarterbacks from his alma mater have done in the NFL. Basically they've stunk. It is almost like Trojan quarterbacks are cursed to be pathetic in the pros. Matt Barkley is coming from the same college that brought you such quarterback greatness as Todd Marinovich, Matt Cassel, John David Booty, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez just to name a few. I mean seriously, he can't help it that his quarterback predecessors look great in that same Trojans uniform just to stink it up in the pros, but that is just how it is.Let's take the latest two Trojans' quarterbacks that are stealing money in the NFL. Matt Cassel really did not get that much playing time in college anyway throwing for 19 of 33 for 192 yds 0 TD and 1 INT in his USC college career. However he was still able to go to the NFL and pull off a contract heist in Kansas City after displaying a fools gold performance in 2008 with the Patriots after Tom Brady was injured for the season. The Chiefs loved what they saw so much that they signed Cassel for six years, $63 million. I bet they wish they could get that money back.Then the wonderboy that is Mark Sanchez and the five years, $58.25 million that he swindled out of the New York Jets. It has been well documented how Jets fans feel about that contract now. They were praying for another team to actually trade for Sanchez just so they could get him out of town after his abysmal 2012 campaign.But that seems to be the trend when you take a USC quarterback lately. Quarterbacks like Leinart and Sanchez will show just enough collegiate promise to have you reeled in then "butt fumble" you back into reality about how poor they really are.The only hope for Barkley is that maybe the Trojan curse only applies to quarterbacks that didn't get four years of work at USC. Carson Palmer is the only USC quarterback that has actually looked like an NFL quatrterback since leaving college. He has not won much but he looks like an NFL quarterback none the less. But this is the reputation that Barkley is going to be up against going into the NFL. Nothing that he did, not a reputation that he even helped to initiate. Just history's little way of casting scrutiny on you. Sometimes life is not fair.
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