By Rich Tandler
USC quarterback Matt Barkley, widely considered to be one of the top three quarterbacks who might be available in next year’s NFL draft, has announced that he will not enter the draft and will play another season with the Trojans.
The decision affects every NFL team who might be looking to draft a quarterback in April, a list that includes the Washington Redskins.
Andrew Luck of Stanford is easily the best quarterback in college and he is expected to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the draft. It is very likely that he will be the first player chosen.
After Luck, Barkley and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor are considered by most to be the second- and third-best NCAA signal callers. Griffin has said that he will not announce whether or not he will turn pro until after the Bears’ bowl game later this month.
Assuming that Luck goes first overall, with Barkley off the table as an option the Redskins will likely have to trade up into the top few picks in order to draft him. This move could be very costly in terms of high future draft picks and/or players.