There’s been a growing number of NFL analysts saying Matt Barkley’s draft status was unaffected by his decision to return for his senior season. Phil Simms of CBS echoed this idea here. But let’s consider just how risk-averse the NFL is and engages in group think.
A year ago, Barkley was the subject of nearly unanimous adulation. He said teams told him he was a top 10 draft pick. So what changed?
A lousy senior season, that’s what. And now NFL teams know it would seem foolish to say he is a top 10 pick. So instead they cover themselves by saying nothing’s changed in the past 12 months.