Despite completing 55-of-60 attempts at Pro Day, Yahoo’s Mike Silver reports a “high-level executive for one quarterback-needy franchise” was so unimpressed with Barkley’s arm strength that he bailed early during the 45-minute workout session in March.
On the contrary, one AFC coach has “studied (the 22-year-old Barkley) extensively” and believes the sullied Trojan “has a personality that is going to take him a long way.”
The 6-foot-2, 230 pound Barkley, who many wrongly predicted would guide USC (7-6) to its 12th national championship and become the school’s seventh Heisman Memorial Trophy winner, is apparently recovered from suffering a Grade 3 AC joint separation against UCLA in November.
Once projected as the first overall choice, Barkley’s stock plummeted in 2012 after struggling in Troy behind a veteran offensive line with countless offensive weapons at his disposal.
Granted, the native Californian isn’t blessed with a powerful cannon like Joe Flacco.
Regardless, the greatest quality a passer can possess is accuracy and Barkley displayed pinpoint control with the pigskin over four seasons in one of La-La Land’s rougher ghettos.by