The Peterson Principle 4/29/13

Why did Matt Barkley drop to the fourth round?

Why did Matt Barkley drop to the fourth round?

I know what they’re saying. He doesn’t have the arm strength. He isn’t mobile enough. He didn’t lead the Trojans to enough victories. But I still maintain they missed it with Matt Barkley.

He’s not a fourth round pick. If he went in the middle of the second round or even early in the third I could buy it. But fourth round? For a guy that started for four years at a major university? It doesn’t make any sense. And E.J Manuel is the best quarterback in the draft? Really? He’s got the size and the mobility but his accuracy has always been a question. Don’t you need to hit your targets as a quarterback? Geno Smith should have been the first quarterback taken. Manuel was a reach.

Besides arm strength is sometimes overrated. How many NFL quarterbacks are required to throw the ball down the field 60 yards on every play? Those calls are few and far between. Barkley can make all the necessary throws to play in the NFL. The other puzzling thing about the pick though is that it was the Eagles that drafted him. Apparently Chip Kelly isn’t completely committed to running the same offense he did at Oregon.

Barkley will be fine. One thing film and camps and pro days don’t take into consideration is heart. And Barkley has plenty of that.

When Ryan Nassib’s college coach passed on him the red flags immediately went up. Doug Marrone, now the coach at Buffalo, and who coached Nassib at Syracuse, sent Nassib spiraling down to the fourth round when he took Manuel in the first round. I’m sure their next conversation will be a little awkward.

Good to see UCLA’s Datone Jones go in the first round. Nice pick up for Green Bay. The Packers were partial to the powder blue and gold in the draft as they also selected running back Jonathan Franklin in the fourth round.

In regards to Smith he was wise to stick around for the second round. Leaving early and pouting would have been a PR disaster. Smith was a nice pick for the Jets in round two and it was a definite message to Mark Sanchez.

Jon Gruden’s rant on Miami’s selection of Oregon’s Dion Jordan with the third pick in the draft was classic. Gruden definitely showed his “Chucky” side when he questioned Jordan’s athleticism, called him one dimensional and said his speed would be easy to defend in the NFL. If you didn’t know anything about Jordan you felt you did after listening to Gruden. Yeah, he made me believe the Dolphins biffed on that one.

It would be hard to argue that the Vikings didn’t get the best of the draft- or at least the first round. They picked up Florida DT Sharrif Floyd at 23, who some had slated in the top five, then they got Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes at 25 and Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson at 29, both great athletes.

On the bright side for Marrone and Buffalo is that the Bills did get a quality receiver in the second round with USC’s Robert Woods.

Regardless of Manti Teo’s girlfriend, or lack thereof, Teo was a legitimate second round pick. He disappeared against Alabama in the National Championship game and that was the biggest factor in Teo dropping out of the first round.

Still trying to figure out why Dallas drafted Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, a fourth round pick on everybody’s board, in the first round. Is Jerry Jones turning into Al Davis?

No I don’t think the NFL Draft is overrated. It’s much more compelling than the NBA playoffs.


Speaking of the NBA, does it seem like there’s a lot more wrong with the Lakers than just injuries?

That’s my principle.

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14 Comments to "The Peterson Principle 4/29/13"

  1. Free Advise!'s Gravatar Free Advise!
    May 1, 2013 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    @Ram Fan,
    And that’s the reason NYJ drafted Geno Smith, whether he knows it or not, M. Sanchez days as a Jet is numbered granted he didn’t have any WR to throw to. Winning is important but at the same time GMs don’t want to set the game back fifty years hence Elway replaced Tebow with P. Manning. Both are winners but who looks better playing QB?

  2. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    May 1, 2013 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    @ Free Advise
    I hate to beat a dead horse, but you summed it up pretty well with the “style points” reference. Sanchez “looked good” with his 54% completion rate while taking 34 sacks in a 16 game season, but really? Don’t NFL GM’s WANT to win?

  3. @Free Advise@Rams Fan's Gravatar @Free Advise@Rams Fan
    May 1, 2013 - 9:07 am | Permalink

    I agree at the high school level you can play both sides of the ball and the college level “you need that spark” on the field. I really dont think this is was a waste for Tebow, he was able to see the business aspect of the NFL and how people really do not care “its all about money.” I believed he gained experienced and based on what he is tweeting, he says the same, but to your point he cannot throw that ball your right! Make him a full back or convert him to a linebacker, he does need to be on the field.

  4. NewRam's Gravatar NewRam
    May 1, 2013 - 5:35 am | Permalink

    Winning playoff games takes chemistry and the Lakers have seen only glimpes of that lately. Combine that with a coach who is not defensive-minded and the future of Laker basketball is in doubt. Buss’ son just does not inspire the great loyalty and “we are one” mentality that was the foundation of Laker bball for years.
    It is a combo of many, many factors. It is painful to watch the Lakers fold and be beat down in the way we have beat down so many other franchises. Full circle pain coming back at us.
    Howard showed a few snapshots of what he is capable of – but he often was in the wrong spot so many times he appeared lost. Nash and others longed to pass him the ball in good offensive position, but Howard did not work to get that position in the first place. His passing was generally horrendous and even as he felt better his play was inconsistent. When interviewed Howard called the season “a nightmare”….that it was.
    Lets hope Kupchak and the Laker braintrust have a plan and Buss’ wallet is ready to join the fray. I have watched the Lakers for decades and this season was a painful as any, even watching Don Nelson’s skyball bouncing off the heel and falling back through – on closed circuit TV at the old Garfield theatre in Alhambra with my old man many moons ago.

  5. Free Advise!'s Gravatar Free Advise!
    April 30, 2013 - 7:43 pm | Permalink

    @Rams Fan,
    That maybe the mentality in college but in the NFL style points count and in the eyes of NFL GMs Tebow just doesn’t look like a QB throwing the football.

  6. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    April 30, 2013 - 5:35 pm | Permalink

    @Free Advise
    While I may agree Tebow is not your typical qb, his time in New York was a waste. While Sanchez was self destructing the Jets to a 6-10 record, Tebow was collecting splinters in his butt. Jets never heard of the wildcat? Why would you not find a way to get Tebow into the game? And his stats in Denver? Who cares? He just found a way to win. The fans loved him and the fire he brought onto the field.

  7. @Rams Fan's Gravatar @Rams Fan
    April 30, 2013 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    True his degree is what he was working for all along and speaks volumes, I’m a bruins fan but a fan of Barkley as well…..

  8. Not true's Gravatar Not true
    April 30, 2013 - 10:53 am | Permalink

    Yahoo’s Eddie George on why Matt Barkley was not picked in first three rounds.

    “It’s simple,” George said. “I don’t think he is a starter at the quarterback position. I think at best he’s a backup quarterback.”

    A hall of famers point of you.

  9. Free Advise's Gravatar Free Advise
    April 30, 2013 - 10:40 am | Permalink

    @Rams Fan,
    How much money will he make in his lifetime with that diploma? How much would he had made if he came out a year earlier and be a top ten pick? I think in professional sports you have to get it while it’s there and timing is everything, just ask Joe Flacco and his twenty million a year. The NFL is a whole different game when it comes to the QB position. Tebow’s mechanic will never work, I will like to see him switch to TE or RB but he still thinks he’s an NFL QB. His time in DEN and NYJ clearly proves he isn’t.

  10. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    April 30, 2013 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    Still believe Barkley made the right decision to stay for his senior year rather than enter the draft last year when he had the much better stats. Let’s not forget he walks away with a diploma from one of the best Universities in the country which will only increase in value regardless of his future in the NFL. Also, while talking about head shaking. I’m wondering if the NFL has lost touch with what makes a great football player after hearing Tebow was released by Jets. He won 2 National Championships in college and yet suddenly the Broncos and Jets decide he can’t play NFL football? HUh? That much raw talent and 2 teams couldn’t “coach him up” to NFL standards?

  11. Free Advise2's Gravatar Free Advise2
    April 30, 2013 - 9:01 am | Permalink

    True, under the microscope…I guess his shoulder injury caused many to think twice, plus all that went on at USC he didnt have the greatest senior year. When you look at the QB’s if you are under 6’1″ you better be able to run, I dont think Matt can do that with just about everyone doing away with the standard drop back QB.

  12. Free Advise's Gravatar Free Advise
    April 30, 2013 - 8:35 am | Permalink

    I am with you. I hope he turns out like Brady. I don’t know if any four year starter at USC can go under the radar. If anything, he has been under the microscope and over analyzed the last two seasons.

  13. Free Advise 2's Gravatar Free Advise 2
    April 29, 2013 - 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Barkley may have went under the radar or not noticed, but he is notice by GOD. He will do great just like Brady, leave it to the Pac-12 “Chip Kelly”.

  14. Free Advise!'s Gravatar Free Advise!
    April 29, 2013 - 6:13 pm | Permalink

    With Barkley the NFL just saw a lot of short passes to Lee and Woods turned into long runs, couple that with the fact he isn’t mobile, and average arm strength by NFL standards. Jerry Jones has admired Al Davis since he bought the Cowboys so it isn’t surprising he’s drafting like Al, some NFL personnel had Fredricks rated as a 7th rounder. Next season, the Lakers may not have Howard, no Kobe for at least half the season, may not have Gasol if they trade him, and I bet Nash wish he was back in Phoenix.

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