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2013 NFL Draft: USC's Matt Barkley Considered Top Prospect For Next Season

It’s not an unlikely pick, but now that the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books, things can start to become official as draft analysts move on to survey the 2013 landscape. Matt Barkley would have been a likely top five selection in the first round had he not returned to school. With Andrew Luck out of the way, Barkley can now begin the year as the top rated quarterback on most draft boards.’s Bucky Brooks certainly believes so

Brooks writes, “After bypassing an opportunity to enter the draft as a likely top-10 pick a season ago, Barkley is listed atop most draft boards as the No. 1 senior prospect. He has shown the ability to masterfully orchestrate a pro-style offense that puts a lot of responsibility on the quarterback at the line, but he needs to continue honing his throwing mechanics and arm strength to solidify his status as the potential No.1 pick.”

The Kansas City Chiefs could be in the market for a franchise quarterback early next year if they are not satisfied with another year of Matt Cassel and Ricky Stanzi doesn’t prove that he’s the man for the future in KC. Matt Barkley, Tyler Bray and Tyler Wilson could all be impressive prospects to come out next season.