May 7, 2012

Could a Different Matt Be the Starting Quarterback For the Chiefs in 2013?

By - Shayne Carnahan

While it's a little early for my taste, many NFL experts have ALREADY made a 2013 Mock Draft, and several of them have the Kansas City Chiefs taking quarterback Matt Barkley out of USC with the No. 1 overall pick.

Photo by: Ezra Shaw
With the history that USC quarterbacks have in the National Football League, I wouldn't take one in the seventh round let alone the first.

Think back, who was the last good USC QB? Carson Palmer? Yeah I know there's Mark Sanchez, but let's face it, he's about to be replaced by Tim Tebow.

That says it all right there.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not comparing Barkley to Palmer, mainly because that would be an insult to Carson. No, Barkley is more like Matt Leinart. Looks good in college, and ESPN's "professionals" all love him. When in all actuality, he's severely overrated.

In my opinion, the only thing Barkley has going for him is the fact that he's 1-0 in BCS Bowl appearances. His arm strength is average and his decision making is questionable at best.

The Chiefs have already had bad luck with USC quarterbacks in the past, so I don't see them drafting another.

To me, USC is more of a defensive factory in the first place. Guys like the recently deceased Junior Seau and the great Troy Polamalu both went there, just to name a few. QBs from USC on the other hand tend to struggle at the next level.

Besides, if current quarterback Matt Cassel can stay healthy in 2012, I think the Chiefs have a chance to be a decent team, in which case, they won't have the first pick in next year's draft anyway.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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