IFWT Matt Barkley

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to get to the top of round four of the NFL draft, like the Jets they made a controversial decision taking a quarterback.  They chose USC quarterback Matt Barkley.  Read more after the jump.

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Coach Chip Kelly thereafter raved about Barkley.

“I’m going to steal a quote from [former Cleveland Browns head coach] Sam Rutigliano and he used to say, ‘With a quarterback, it’s like a tea bag,” Kelly told reporters.  “You don’t know what you have until you put it in hot water.’

“The first time I saw Matt Barkley, he was a true freshman and he came into Autzen Stadium which is one of the toughest places to play in the world and it didn’t faze him a bit.  Matt Barkley was never a freshman, there was just a poise about him, there was a calm about him – those intangible qualities that you really look for.  It’s tough to quantify.  There’s not a test for it.

“Over the course of time, when you watched him play, he’s played through all different sorts of scenarios at USC.  He’s just always stood tall and when you meet him, you interview him at the Combine, there were a couple kids at the Combine that just were kind of off the charts when we interviewed them.  Two of them we had the opportunity to take.  Bennie Logan was one of them and Matt Barkley.  You came out of there and you were like, ‘Wow. That guy is impressive.’  He’s a competitor, he’s been in big games all through high school and all through college.  He’s handled everything the right way.  I just talked to him on the phone when we drafted him.  I think a lot of people, you could say, ‘What’s their attitude going to be like?’  He was like, ‘It’s a dream come true.’  I loved competing against him and we’re real excited to have him on our team now.”

The Eagles will go into training camp with five quarterbacks including Barkley and of course Michael Vick.  It’ll be interesting to see who wins out.