|Barkley still feels he's a top pick -- Fri Feb 1 6:20 pm --|
USC QB optimistic despite less than stellar season
|Matt Barkley doesn't believe the way he and USC finished last season should affect his stock in April's NFL draft. "People have been looking at stats over the past year, who's hot, who's not," Barkley said Friday on "The Herd" on ESPN Radio. "We didn't finish the year strong, I know that. But that doesn't mean I'm any less of a quarterback this year. I'm excited just to put that back in people's minds. I haven't lost any confidence in myself and haven't doubted my ability to play quarterback, not once." Barkley suffered a right shoulder injury late in the fourth quarter of USC's loss to UCLA on Nov. 17, and missed subsequent losses to Notre Dame in the regular season and Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. USC, the preseason No. 1, finished 7-6, and Barkley, the preseason Heisman Trophy favorite, threw 15 interceptions, the most of his four-year career as the Trojans starter. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Barkley is slated to go somewhere in the six to nine range of this year's draft, which could see him taken by any of the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills or the New York Jets.