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When will Matt Barkley Get Drafted?


Matt Barkley has had to wait an awfully long time to get his name called at this evening’s 2013 NFL Draft, remaining undrafted throughout the second round.

Barkley was figured to go in the second round, but there’s been a significant slide by all skill position players in the draft, including other quarterbacks. Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib joined Barkley in the first round dog house, though Smith ultimately went to the New York Jets with the 39th pick during the second round, where he’ll compete against former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

Of the teams expected to draft quarterbacks in the second round, as of now, they’ve all passed. Here’s how they’ve fared:

33. Jacksonville Jaguars: John Cyprien, S
38. Arizona Cardinals: Traded picked to San Diego Chargers (Manti Te’o, LB)
42. Oakland Raiders: Menelik Watson, OT
57. Houston Texans: D.J. Swearinger, S

As for places where Barkley could land in the third round, there’s a slew of options, pre-trade:

63. Kansas City Chiefs
64. Jacksonville Jaguars
66. Oakland Raiders
67. Philadelphia Eagles
68. Cleveland Browns
69. Arizona Cardinals
75. New Orleans Saints
89. Houston Texans

In looking at that list, it would be hard to believe that both Barkley and Nassib make it through there undrafted. Kansas City has Alex Smith, but they need a longterm option, as do the Jaguars behind Blaine Gabbert. With Chip Kelly, the Eagles need an athletic quarterback, with could they be desperate enough to grab Barkley or Nassib? Could the Browns take yet another quarterback in Barkley? We’ll find out.

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