Simply put, Barkley has looked and played like a top five draft pick over the course of this season, and on a national stage the last two weeks. He looks like an NFL quarterback out there picking apart opposing defenses, and while he still has plenty to learn he is the type of guy that is going to come in to the NFL next season (or 2013 if he chooses the BCS over the NFL) and make an instant impact.
In my opinion, Barkley is a much better prospect than USC quarterbacks before him like Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and most recently, Mark Sanchez. He has excellent mechanics, moxie, and is a good athlete. He’s a smart kid who is always improving.
Not to mention, he has a few pretty solid weapons.
I think USC not only has two potential top five picks in Barkley and left tackle Matt Kalil, but I also think that wide receiver Robert Woods is a future first round draft pick.
Woods continued his huge sophomore campaign by catching nine passes for 130 yards and two more touchdowns. He has 9o receptions for 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns so far this season, as well as a load of return yardage.
The sophomore phenom already looks like an NFL receiver. He runs fantastic routes, is tough, quick, and has a great feel for the game. He is poised to be a star at the next level, and stands to gain quite a bit of steam if Barkley decides to return for a senior season.
Woods was joined by fellow youngster and freshman wide receiver Marqise Hill who had nine catches for 124 yards and two of Barkley’s touchdown passes, giving him seven on an outstanding rookie campaign.