As the 2012 NFL Draft dwindles away, all the pundits of the world have gathered their collective minds to start looking at next year's draft. Yes, next year's draft is already being prepared for and Sports Illustrated's Andrew Perloff has joined the fun with his 2013 Mock Draft.
Barkley has been considered by some as the no. 1 pick overall as well as being taken towards the end of the top 10. If he falls, former USC coach and current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll might not be able to pass on bringing him into the fold.
Here is what Perloff had to say about Barkley.
"Barkley has been compared to Andrew Luck for staying at USC even though he could have been a high selection in 2012, but he may get picked apart in a way Luck did not. Some people wonder if Barkley is big enough, and how much his outstanding receivers and the system at USC help him look good. Trojans QBs have not done well in the NFL lately, but if anyone can overlook that it's Pete Carroll."
The Seahawks will have a year to decide whether or not incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, free agent signee Matt Flynn or recently drafted rookie Russell Wilson can give them a reason to draft another position next year. But for now, there could be even more room at the position for another talent.
4. Seahawks - Matt Barkley, QB, USC. Reunited with Pete Carroll. Matt Flynn's contract was only a 3-year deal. Barkley will be over-analyzed big-time this season.
While I agree that Matt Flynn's contract was set up in such a way that the 'Hawks could part ways easily and early, and know that Pete Carroll would love a reunion with Barkley - whom he recruited to and coached at USC, I'm just not convinced this is possible.
It just sees unrealistic at this point to think that Seattle will have a poor enough season to be drafting that high. Also, most experts feel that Barkley will be the number one overall pick in 2013, so it's a bit of a reach that he would even be available that late if the Seahawks did draft there.
Guess we'll find out in a few months just how plausible this scenario is.
There are two solid possibilities from the Pac-12 Northwestern schools that could get drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft next season. Kenjon Barner of the Oregon Ducks figures to be a ready fit for an NFL offense like LaMichael James. Jordan Poyer is likely to be the best cover corner in the Pac-12 for the Oregon St. Beavers.
The Seattle Seahawks have upgraded a lot of their team speed on defense. They still could afford to upgrade multiple parts of their team. One spot is quarterback, where the Seahawks might not be totally settled at the position. They don't yet quite know what they'd get out of their big free agent signing of Matt Flynn, and Tarvaris Jackson is hot and cold at the position.