Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley isn't working out at the NFL scouting combine, but he's making the rounds with a lot of teams. ESPN.com's AFC East blogger James Walker has the latest on Barkley meeting with nine teams -- including the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.
Barkley is one of the great mysteries in this year's draft. He would have been a sure-fire, top-10 pick if he had left school early after the 2011 season. But Barkley chose to come back to USC in 2012, had some flaws in his game exposed and suffered through an injury-plagued season.
The Jets and Bills are desperately looking for quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick both flopped in New York and Buffalo, respectively, and are not the long-term solutions. Both AFC East teams have top-10 picks and should have a shot at Barkley if they're interested in the first round.
Living in Southern California and having heard "Empire State of Mind" many times, I like to think I have my finger on the pulse of New Yorkers. And if I know them, I'd imagine they'd welcome another USC quarterback with open arms and give him plenty of time to get settled without the burden of expectation. Fugetaboutit.
You can check out Barkley doing the chalk-talk thing here with Steve Mariucci.
Strong day for Jordan
Jordan, who is set to undergo surgery after the combine, left a lasting impression on coaches and scouts with his remarkable workout, during which he ran a 4.60-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 32.5-inch vertical and 10-2 broad jump. Additionally, Jordan showed excellent balance, body control and burst while changing directions as a pass rusher in drills. Jordan's natural bend and burst will have some evaluators thinking of him as an elite pass-rushing prospect at the next level. Most importantly, Jordan's exceptional movement skills in space will encourage teams that run a 3-4 to consider him a viable option as an outside linebacker. Versatility and explosiveness are important in hybrid players; Jordan's workout certainly earned him high marks in the eyes of evaluators across the league.
Here are the testing results for the defensive linemen and linebackers. Some defensive backs started measurable work on Monday, but the majority will work out on Tuesday. You can see the full workout results here.
Dion Jordan, DL, Oregon: 4.60
Brandon Magee, LB, Arizona State: 4.74
Datone Jones, DL, UCLA: 4.80
Joe Kruger, DL, Utah: 4.83
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford: 4.91
Datone Jones, DL, UCLA: 29 reps
Joe Kruger, DL, Utah: 24 reps
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford: 18 reps
Joe Kruger, DL, Utah: 34 (inches)
Dion Jordan, DL, Oregon: 32.5
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford: 32
Datone Jones, DL, UCLA: 31.5
Dion Jordan, DL, Oregon: 122 (inches)
Joe Kruger, DL, Utah: 117
Brandon Magee, LB, Arizona State: 114
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford: 113
Datone Jones, DL, UCLA: 112
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford: 7.17
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford: 4.31