Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley won’t throw at NFL combine
Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – USC quarterback Matt Barkley will not showcase his throwing skills during the NFL Draft combine because of the separated shoulder that he suffered last season.
Sources, however, said that Barkley might decide to run and jump for NFL teams eyeing him as their next franchise quarterback.
Teams want to watch Barkley throw to help determine whether he has the goods to become the top quarterback in April’s draft.
Barkley’s shoulder injury worsened during the Trojans’ 38-28 loss to UCLA. Because of it, he was unable to participate in the season finale against Notre Dame, the Hyundai Sun Bowl or the Senior Bowl.
While Barkley won’t throw, other quarterbacks including West Virginia’s Geno Smith, North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson will.
According to doctors who have examined and worked with Barkley, the quarterback has made outstanding progress in his rehabilitation. He has already been cleared to throw at USC’s Pro Day on March 27.
Barkley recently moved his rehab and training sessions to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida after spending the past month rehabbing in Birmingham, Alabama under the supervision of doctors Jim Andrews and Lyle Cain, and Physical Therapist Kevin Wilk.