I would never take Matt Barkley in the first round. All I see is inconsistency. I hear he's got a good head on his shoulders and isn't like Leinart or Sanchez. I hear that he has the intangibles to be good. Unfortunately, I don't see them. All I see when I watch this guy play is two superstar WRs bailing him out. I see horrible passes on the deep ball and on sideline placements. I see tons of dumps to WRs that jack up his completion percentage. I see weak arm strength. I see him make bonehead decision after bonehead decision. And I see him fold completely under duress.
And yes, I'm aware that his Oline was a mess and they asked too much from him. But I would expect more from a 1st rounder. He's not a 1st round QB. I see him more as a late 2nd to early 3rd. And I'm nervous about taking him even there. I better have a solid line in place and a good starting QB to rely on so Barkley can grow into the role. With time and good coaching he'll probably be okay. But what about arm strength? That's a huge question. And for QBs, it's a death sentence if you can't fix it.