Matt Barkley Says He Would Have Been Drafted Before Griffin III, and He is Correct

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Updated: July 17, 2012

This morning, a conversation broke out on my twitter stream.  Basically, a couple of guys were knocking Tyler Wilson and Matt Barkley saying that both would slide in the upcoming draft.  I really don’t know where they are getting this information from considering no games have been played.  But I choose to entertain the conversation regardless.

I tweeted “No way Barkley isnt drafted 1 overall,” then as a follow up “The only threat to go #1 over Barkley is if Logan Thomas has a Cam Newton like season”.   Two thoughts that I hold strongly.

In terms of pure quarterbacking, not athletics, etc. Matt Barkley is the better prospect over Robert Griffin III.  That’s right. Today July 17th, 2012 if there was a draft with both players I would bet my last dollar that Barkley would be drafted ahead of Griffin III.  There is just a more natural feel for passing, anticipation, and the position with Barkley.  That isn’t to knock Griffin III.  Though I’ve never proclaimed Robert Griffin III to be a sure thing, I certainly see the potential.

With all of that said, ironically a story came out today that Barkley feels the same way.  Here are his comments:

“I had confidence that I was going to go high, it wasn’t really a question of that as to why I came back,” Barkley said. “I think it was a sure bet that Andrew was going to go No. 1.”

Asked if he thinks he — not Robert Griffin III — would have gone No. 2 after Luck went No. 1, Barkley said he does.

“I had confidence in that — I think I could have been,” Barkley said.

What do you think? Am I crazy? Is Barkley a sure thing? Is Griffin the next Michael Vick mixed with Tom Brady?

Written by D. Wash

Founder, MockDraftHQ.com (2006). Denver Broncos, Charlotte Bobcats fan. Fan of football, technology, and battle rap. Shannon Sharpe is the greatest. Everything else is debatable.

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