"I'm going to remember this weekend for a long time and so are the teams that didn't draft me," Barkley told Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News on Saturday, after being selected in the fourth round (at No. 98).
Barkley sunk like a stone through the first three rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft. Concerns over everything from his injured shoulder, to his sub-laser arm, to his Southern California upbringing were tossed around as issues in the pre-draft season. Eagles coach Chip Kelly faced Barkley firsthand while at Oregon and didn't need scouts to convince him this young passer had an NFL future.
"A lot of emotions were going through my head, in our household, but today was a big sigh of relief," Barkley said. "And to get that phone call from the Eagles, asking, 'Are you ready to be an Eagle?' I jumped on it and was so excited."
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"I believe it was (general manager Howie) Roseman," Barkley said. "I got the call and was almost too excited to hear anything but 'Eagles.' "
"It will spur me on to compete and to challenge myself just to be a better quarterback, every day," Barkley said. "You visualize all the picks that went in front of you -- especially the other quarterbacks that were taken. But at the same time, I really feel a great fit with Philadelphia ... and I'm excited to see where it goes."