Matt Barkley is a fourth-round talent, Greg Cosell says


It's widely believed that USC's Matt Barkley is the best quarterback in this draft class not named Geno Smith.

Greg Cosell, senior producer at NFL Films, has a less optimistic take on Barkley's ceiling as a pro signal-caller.

During an appearance on NFL Network's "Path To The Draft," Cosell told NFL Network's Paul Burmeister that Barkley is a fourth-round talent masquerading as a first- or second-round pick on draft boards.

"When I look at Matt Barkley, here's a couple of things I immediately see," Cosell said. "Number one, he has average arm strength by NFL standards. Number two, his feet are not particularly quick, he has slower feet. And three, he's a little shorter.

"So then I go beyond that and think, 'OK, how can he be successful in the NFL when you got certain limitations?' And I think those limitations are the things I notice immediately and it's very difficult for me to look at him as a first- or second-round pick given those limitations and given what I know works effectively in the NFL."

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Cosell added that Barkley only has shown flashes of pro-level ability when it comes to reading progressions, mobility in the pocket and being consistent in his ball location.

Long story short, Cosell seems to believe Barkley is a bust in waiting. Makes you wonder how many other NFL teams feel the same way behind closed doors.

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