Saturday, December 20, 2014

Is Matt Barkley the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft?

Gallery: Eagles fourth-round draft pick Matt Barkley

The Eagles made a surprise move Saturday by trading up in the fourth round to draft USC quarterback Matt Barkley.

The question now becomes whether or not Barkley is ready to play right now. And if so, will he jump Michael Vick and Nick Foles on the depth chart?

Chris Burke of SI.com thinks Barkley is the most NFL-ready quarterback to come out of this draft:

Barkley...may be the most NFL-ready of all the quarterbacks in this class. He does not have the huge arm of a player like Tyler Bray or the speed of an E.J. Manuel or Matt Scott — both of the latter thought to be possible fits for Kelly’s offense — but he comes from a pro-style offense at USC. And he could turn into a legitimate No. 1 QB in the NFL, given the right opportunity.

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  • If he is ready to play in his first season, the Eagles could look to trade Foles, who performed admirably in his rookie season, considering the circumstances.

    More from Burke:

    Barkley’s skill set is a long way from the free-wheeling athleticism of Michael Vick. But it’s not all that dissimilar from current Philadelphia backup Nick Foles, who stepped into the lineup and played fairly well in spurts. The Eagles may now opt to dangle Foles as a trade piece — and he could be a valuable one, given the buzz around other backups like Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer and Kirk Cousins.

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