Matt Barkley Will Not Throw at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

November 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) acknowledges the crowd before the Trojans play against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

It was initially believed that USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley would throw at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis that kicks off this weekend. Now, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Barkley is not expected to throw at the Combine. It was less than a week ago that Barkley spoke about how big the combine is for his career, but it appears that he has forgotten just how important of an event he is choosing to sit out of.

This is probably the biggest test of my life coming up,” Barkley said, per the Pensacola News Journal. “This is like the SAT times thousands. I hear the whole couple days is a grind. But I am looking forward to that challenge. I am excited about it.”

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It is a questionable decision by Barkley, who had a disappointing senior season that ended with a separated shoulder. He needed an impressive outing to have a shot at reclaiming the spot as the top quarterback in the draft class. Instead, Barkley is giving the other signal-callers a chance to solidify their rankings ahead of him.

The likes of Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib are expected to fully participate, so they now have a chance to separate themselves as a thrower.

What do you think of Barkley’s decision to not throw in Indy? Will this come back to haunt him and trigger a fall in the 2013 NFL Draft his April? We will have to wait and see.

Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, Football, Matt Barkley, USC Trojans

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