The NFL world is in shock, as one of the least mobile QBs in this year’s draft, USC QB Matt Barkley, was just drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Selecting1st in the 4th round and 98th overall, the Eagles traded up with the Jacksonville Jaguars, sending them a 7th rounder in the process.
Barkley is a smart QB who can make adjustments at the line of scrimmage and command the huddle, pushing the pace in an up-tempo spread offense. Yet, it seems odd for head coach Chip Kelly – who also enjoys keeping defenses guessing as to whether or not the QB is going to run with it – to take a thrower as statuesque as Matt Barkley.
Chip Kelly has been acclimating his offense to the tempo necessary to run his offense, contouring nutrition and conditioning so they can get used to not huddling and to the extra plays.
In my rankings, Barkley was right behind Ryan Nassib as the most pro-ready QB in this year’s draft. Michael Vick turns 33 this summer, and has not played all 16 games in a regular season since 2006. I could see Barkley sitting this year, and getting a chance to win the job in 2014.
A two-QB system is a remote possibility.
Michael Vick is the strongest-armed and most experienced QB on the roster and I believe is entrenched as the #1. Should there be a lot of zone-read, it would make sense to keep QB Dennis Dixon on the roster and not have to throw that part of the playbook out if Vick gets injured again. That would leave QB Nick Foles, a 3rd-round pick from 2012, as the odd man out. I could see whatever team that wants Nassib in this round but doesn’t get him to trade for him, as Foles has better arm talent than his old teammate Matt Scott, Landry Jones, and the rest of the top prospects left.
The Eagles also shocked some by taking another dynamic TE in Stanford’s Zach Ertz, as they already have Brent Celek and James Casey.
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