Matt Barkley wasn't selected in the first round of the NFL draft, but he has a very good chance to be selected in the second round. Depending on the fit, Barkley could end up having a lot of success in the league.
E.J. Manuel was the only quarterback selected in the first 32 as the Buffalo Bills selected him with the 18th pick. Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson and Ryan Nassib all remain on the board heading into the second round.
Here is a look at the some of the most favorable destinations for Barkley.
The Cardinals are looking at Carson Palmer as their starting quarterback in 2013. While that's an improvement from what they had last year, they need to find a quarterback of the future. The 33-year-old Palmer isn't that. Arizona would be a good destination for Barkley because he could sit behind Palmer this year and work on becoming the starter within the next couple years.
With Palmer at the helm, the Cardinals could give Barkley a chance to play whenever he's ready. After a less-than-stellar tenure with the Oakland Raiders, Palmer shouldn't be expected to get back to the form of his early career. With Larry Fitzgerald at wide receiver, Barkley would have one of the best safety valves in the league.
San Diego Chargers
This would be a surprise pick, but the Chargers could look to capitalize on value and get a good value in the form of Barkley. Philip Rivers' play has decreased over the past few seasons and the Chargers need a backup option should the 31 year old not return to his top form.
The Chargers have a lot of talent on their roster, and the new coaching staff should improve the overall level of that team. Just like in Arizona, Barkley may have to sit a year or two before taking the reins as the starter. Getting a chance to play with Danario Alexander, Vincent Brown and Robert Meachem would give Barkley some weapons.
The Jaguars will have their choice of quarterbacks available to them in the second round and could definitely opt for Geno Smith instead of Matt Barkley. If they choose to go with Barkley, he should have a chance to compete with Blaine Gabbert. This is one of the only options where Barkley could see the field early.
In Jacksonville, Barkley would have the benefit of being protected by the second overall pick in the draft, Luke Joeckel. With Maurice Jones-Drew healthy next season, the Jaguars should be much-improved from the disappointment of this season. Adding Joeckel and Barkley in the first two rounds could be a huge haul for the Jaguars.
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