Why Matt Barkley Is Smart for Not Throwing at NFL Combine

February 19, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It wasn’t long ago that the stage seemed set for Matt Barkley to have a storybook ending to his career at USC. He was supposed to lead the Trojans from the depths of their NCAA sanctions to the summit of a national championship. 
However, an underachieving season and shoulder injury later, he now surprisingly finds himself the underdog.
Despite his health issues and relatively poor senior outing, Matt Barkley is making the smart decision by playing it safe and not throwing (per ESPN) during the scouting combine.
His draft stock has already taken quite the tumble and he should not do anything to further hurt it. A poor performance in Indianapolis would do nothing except further expose the already visible flaws in his game, which are his arm strength and deep accuracy. If he’s not feeling fully capable of disproving his doubters, he should just rest his arm.
Furthermore, Barkley has the benefit of being part of a quarterback class that is anything but...

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