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Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:52 am
Edited on: December 22, 2011 11:40 am
Matt Barkley will announce where he'll play in 2012 on Thursday afternoon. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Thursday afternoon, Matt Barkley could give quarterback-needy teams at the top of the 2012 NFL Draft an early Christmas present. Or maybe he'll come sliding back down Lane Kiffin's chimney. Er, whatever -- he's announcing whether he'll return to USC or enter the NFL Draft on  Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.

2012 NFL Draft

"USC junior QB Matt Barkley will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce his decision regarding next season," the Trojans announced from their official Twitter account.

Barkley is the second-best quarterback prospect on Rob Rang's Big Board, behind only Andrew Luck, and in the latest NFL Draft Scout mock drafts, both Rang and Dane Brugler have Barkley going to Washington at No. 7 overall. (Brugler has Robert Griffin, III, going ahead of Barkley to Cleveland.) As our Eye on College Football colleague Tom Fornelli points out, RG3 is reportedly chatting with agents and looks like a good bet to enter the draft.

The Redskins, along with the Colts, Browns and Dolphins all qualify as top-10 teams (currently) who have a serious need at quarterback or might have serious interest in acquiring one of the top-three signal callers in the draft.

Barkley's USC teammate and blind-side protector Matt Kalil also recently announced he would enter the NFL Draft and that surely has to play a part in the decision that the Trojan quarterback will make.

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:23 pm

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

This is next year's Jimmy Clausen in the draft if he comes out.  I can immediately tell this guy isn't ready to be an NFL QB.  All the draft hype is just hype about this guy. The NFL will see during the combine and workouts that he's not worth a 1st round pick.   College QBs might have great game but you better have more if you're going to enter the draft expecting to get picked high.  Sam Bradford was a rarity...but then again, Jimmy Clausen was considered to be the 2nd best QB in that draft.   Look where that chump is now...

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:54 pm

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

If the reason Matt's coming back is to improve his NFL draft standing, he's an idiot; he's as high up today as he'll ever be.  If his reason for coming back is to compete for the Heisman, win a Pac12 Championship, play in the National Championship game, or just have fun in school then good luck, and have fun ~ just take out an excellent insurance policy because you'll need it.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:42 pm

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday either have a serious hard-on for Andrew Luck or you simply despise USC.  You need to lighten up.  Barkley has been pretty damn good in his 3 years.  He played Luck even in their meeting this season...forcing Luck to go 3 ot's to beat him.  Luck may be the next big QB coming to the NFL, but Barkley will be better than you are making him out to be.  Whether he has 5-star receivers or not, he gets the ball where it should be...and I think that's what most teams want from a QB. 

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:27 pm

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

Barkley is a junior..why would he hold a presser if he is staying?  That would be stupid.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:25 pm

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

Izzyright is RIGHT... Why hold a presser to say what you are doing unless you are looking for ATTENTION....Call Act...NOT

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:06 pm

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

He's definately staying and using this to bring hype and interest recruits to USC. Matt Barkley is a class act if he was leaving he would just say he is.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:34 pm

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

i know most of you are east of the rockies and haven't seen a lot of pac 12 football, so let me set everyone straight. andrew luck is heads and shoulders above barkley. 1) luck is a solid 6'4" and 235 and runs a legit 4.7 40. barkley is maybe 6'1" and is in the 4.9-5.0 range. 2) luck has been calling his own plays (ala payton) for the last 2 years. 3) luck's arm is much better, stronger and more accurate than barkley's, and his decision making is also much better. 4) notice what luck has accomplished throwing to 3-star receivers vs. the lineup that barkley has at his disposal at usc. and last, luck's leadership is light years ahead of barkely's. scouts and gm's will see luck consoling receivers who dropped passes that caused interception, while barkley was flailing his arms around when tyler fumbled the ball vs. oregon near the end of the game. luck will be a 15 year nfl starter and perenial all pro. barkley will be the 2nd coming of the typical usc quarterback (haden, mcdonald, johnson, palmer, leinart, booty, sanchez). serviceable but not great. his only hope is to fall into the hands of a team like pittsburgh or san francisco where they have a run first mentality, and let the qb be a virtual manager of the game. if any nfl fan thinks barkley is a manning or marino (or luck) they are sorely mistaken. if he returns for another year, they'll pick him apart and it'll show much of his flaws, like leinart. i think he's a fool if he doesn't declare this year.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:31 pm
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:59 pm

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

do we need a presser for this guy to tell us what he is doing? How much money will be spent on putting together the presser? What a waste of time and money. It was stupid when Lebron did it and it is stupid today. Just f'in call someone and tell them what you are doing. The media is a joke for covering this. 

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:52 pm

Matt Barkley to announce draft decision Thursday

Sources inside USC are now reporting the Mark Barkley will announce his decision to RETURN for his senior season as SC!  Watch out now as SC is a contender for the National title.  He will announce this at 4PM EST.  YES!  FIGHT ON!

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