Barkley could very well be better than Landry Jones, yes. But waiting until next year gives Matt the advantage of scarcity at his position. As it was, I'd seen draft projections picking Barkley as high as a top 5 pick, however, I think the emergence of Robert Griffin probably drops Barkley a little bit. Next year, Barkley will be a good candidate to go first overall, especially if he has a good season and USC makes a BCS bowl, in no small part because the QB field looks to be thinner at this point.
Landry put up gaudy numbers, but I think Barkley is and will be better. Personally, I hate USC and USC QB's (ie Sanchez,Leinart,Palmer,John David Booty) but I think he's going to be the one to break the mold. Bray's the only other really good QB prospect for next year and the Vols football program has just fallen apart. You're bang on every point you keyed on, and I think it will make his stock rise.
To go off on an NFL tangent for a bit, it'll be interesting in the last couple of weeks of the NFL season to see how the draft order shakes out. The Colts clearly covet Andrew Luck (who wouldn't, the guy is a gem), and things were looking just fine for them to get him until they...gasp...started winning games. Fact is, no team steps on the field trying to lose. Just try explaining to Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky, for instance, that you'd like them to heave up a few picks so the team can draft a replacement for them and run them out of town. However, winning a couple of late season meaningless games to lose draft positioning really does very little for the Colts at this point. However, they also know that the Rams won't be drafting a quarterback, as they have Sam Bradford to whom they clearly hitched the wagons for the present (get it...the wagons..?) So the Rams are obviously going to look to trade the pick, and the Colts, as the number 2 selector, will probably be able to present an attractive package for moving up one spot. However, the Rams are going to fleece them for it. The Vikings, Browns, Bucs, Skins and Dolphins are also going to have very marketable picks however, and while I think the Vikings will stand pat with Ponder, and the Buccaneers probably are comfortable with Freeman and don't use their pick on a QB, all those other teams will want to upgrade, and the Skins and Dolphins will be particularly desperate and may drive up the bidding a little bit. The Colts have to be praying the Rams can beat the 49ers.
Edited by Gretzky's Mullet, 26 December 2011 - 07:24 PM.