NEW YORK -- The biggest surprise of the first round of the NFL Draft had to be the Bills selecting former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel instead of the other first-round possibilities of Ryan Nassib and Geno Smith.
Matt Barkley, however, was projected as more of a late first-round or second-round guy, though he was also rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the second-best quarterback in the NFL Draft.
Except he went much later than that, as the Eagles drafted him with the first pick of the fourth round (98th overall) on Saturday.
I'm an Eagle!! Time to fly baby— Matthew Barkley (@MattBarkley) April 27, 2013
Barkley could have come out of school after his junior season. As it turns out, he might have been better off doing that -- even though he would have been going against Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill. Perhaps, if Barkley had a great 2012 season and led USC to a national title, this year's draft would have been a different story for him.
But he didn't play that well, and the Trojans went 7-5. Now, Barkley is a fourth-round draft pick -- which, based off last year, is a big disappointment. That disappointment includes a massive financial hit in light of where pundits thought he'd get selected.
Matt Barkley should sign a 4-year deal worth $2,657,028 with a $497,028 signing bonus. His '13 cap number should be $529,257.— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) April 27, 2013
Here's the good news, though. The Eagles wanted him badly enough to trade this year's seventh-round pick to the Jaguars in order to move up three spots and grab him.