Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly shocked the league Saturday when they jumped up to the top of the fourth round to grab USC quarterback Matt Barkley. Heading into the draft Barkley was seen as, at worst, a second round prospect and nobody saw him dropping all the way to the fourth round.
The Eagles traded up with the Jacksonville Jaguars to move up to the 98th spot and take USC quarterback Matt Barkley at the top of the fourth round. Barkley is an interesting pickup for the Eagles. He was once regarded as the blue chip quarterback in his class but tumbled mightily due to a disastrous senior season.
He joins an already crowded depth chart at quarterback with Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon, and G. J. Kinne already there. Adding Barkley to the mix brings up some interesting questions as we head into training camp. It seems unlikely the team will carry Vick, Foles, and Barkley but they may do just that. Or, will they look to trade Foles or release Vick when the time comes?
From a purely strategic and forward thinking standpoint it would make sense to move on from Vick and roll with Foles and Barkley as the top two guys as their skillsets are more attuned with each other than Vick and Barkley.
It seems unlikely that Barkley will be brought in to challenge for the starting job right away. This is likely a case of the Eagles seeing a guy who they thought to be a great value pick and as a guy who could develop into their starter two years down the road.