Originally posted on Buffalo Wins  |  Last updated 3/28/13
\We had a Q&A last week about Geno Smith, now it is time to have the boys over at Optimum Scouting to give us the lowdown on Matt Barkley. Enjoy and tell a friend! Optimum Scouting, LLC is a third party scouting service that works with professional teams, leagues, and others in the professional football area to aid in their prospect research and evaluation. Our scouting staff is comprised of trained, experienced scouts across the country. 1) What are the strengths and weakness of Matt Barkley? Barkley's strength is everything he possesses above the shoulders. He understands not only what he has to do on the field, but the audibles, in-game decisions, and complex defensive schemes that he'll face in the NFL. The problem is, his lack of great athleticism, arm strength, or fluid re-directing in the pocket doesn't always allow him to utilize his high football IQ. 2) What happened to Matt Barkley this year? A lot of people felt he had a downer of a year and that if he had come out last year, he'd be a top 10 pick easily. One thing I've learned is that assuming a prospect "would have been (so and so) if he came out" isn't usually that accurate, ESPECIALLY at quarterback. Teams aren't going to change their opinions on a player from year to year, especially on the most high profile position. I think his problems this year stemmed from not having a great offensive line. He struggled to make the necessary audibles at the line, wasn't able to set on his 5-7 step drops consistently, and was forced to rush decisions. But based on his accuracy, composure, and football IQ, he's still a 1st round quarterback. 3) I know some people see him as being another Matt Leinart, do you agree with that? Matt Leinart had a far better supporting cast (from coaching to offensive line to running game) than Barkley. Plus, the offense that Leinart ran was far simpler and set him up for success. Plus, from all I've heard, Leinart's attitude wasn't on par with the NFL, something I know isn't the case for Matt Barkley. So while it's an easy comparison, it's not accurate from a scouting and mental-makeup perspective. 4) The Bills seem to be running a west coast offense under Doug Marrone. Do you think this would be the type of offense that Barkley would be able to run in? Why? Yes and no. Doug Marrone himself even said that Matt Barkley was more talented than Andrew Luck before his Syracuse team played USC, so he obviously thinks highly of him. And with an adequate offensive line, I think Barkley can have success in Marrone's West-Coast focused offense. The issue is with the Buffalo weather, and whether an arm strength-lacking quarterback can have success in the later part of the Bills home schedule. 5) As it stands, the Bills don't exactly have a lot of weapons for Barkley to throw to (Only Stevie Johnson, Brad Smith and TJ Graham are their legit WRs, and besides Johnson, that's not saying much), would you categorize Barkley as being someone who needs good players around him or can he make those guys better? I would, but more-so with his running game than his receiver corps. Ideally for Barkley (and Marrone's offense as a whole) you need a good running game to keep linebackers inside the box and to allow for some ability to get vertical on occasion. The Bills have that. Plus, they'll need a quick-pass protection offensive line, something the Bills should continue to add to. Adding an big-bodied receiver in the short area would be ideal, however. 6) Can and should he start from day 1? Yes and yes. Mentally, he's able to handle an NFL playbook in just one off-season. And if a team like the Bills, who already have some pieces in place on offense and no clear cut starter, does draft Barkley, they should do so with the expectation that he'll be the franchise's starter in Week 1, and for the next 10 years.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill has had his hands tied by coaches

Josh McDaniels 'happy' with Pats but wants to be a head coach again

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh in cleats throws out first pitch at Cubs game

Why Rickie Fowler will win the PGA Championship

Warren Sapp bitten on arm by shark

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fitzpatrick, Jets agree to one-year deal

Baker considering removing Papelbon from closer role?

Greg Hardy struggling to find work, reportedly even in CFL

Jets players told not to discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick situation

Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Report: Ravens WR Mike Wallace failed conditioning test

WATCH: Kobe Bryant drives Ferrari around Italian racetrack

Terrelle Pryor shouts out Ohio State after ban ends

Justin Timberlake advocates for Memphis to join Big 12

Poll: Las Vegas residents don’t support public funds for NFL stadium

Conor McGregor talks trash to Nate Diaz on ‘Conan’

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Real Madrid can’t train at Norwegian school because of the kids

Newspaper uses Michael Jordan ‘crying face’ as image

Equipment manager Blake Griffin punched no longer works for Clippers

Report: Nicks signing one-year deal with Saints

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker