“I’ll definitely remember this weekend for the rest of my career,” Barkley said. “It will spurn me on to compete and challenge myself just to be a better quarterback. You visualize all the picks that went in front of you, especially the other quarterbacks that were taken.”
Here’s what Chip Kelly said after taking Matt Barkley:
“We had Matt rated in the top 50 players in the draft. He has all the intangibles you’re looking at. If you go to the film and the body of his work, he’s had an outstanding career and we’re excited to have him. There was no better value for us than to take Matt.”
The Eagles roster now has three Pac-12 quarterbacks: Matt Barkley (USC), Nick Foles (Arizona) and Dennis Dixon (Oregon). By the way, it is estimated Barkley will receive about $11.6 million less in guaranteed money than if he was a top 10 pick last season.
“I followed T.J. the last couple years. T.J. is a big safety that moves well, covers and can hit. His dad played a little heavier than T.J. is now, but T.J. is a fine athlete. Long arms.” — Jeff Fisher
Fisher said he was “nervous” before his pick that McDonald would get selected beforehand.