Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian: Matt Barkley Over Andrew Luck

In an interview this week on the “Free Bruce” podcast with Bruce Feldman and Bryan Fischer, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said that he would take Matt Barkley first overall.

. . . the way he [Barkley]’s matured and played at the level he’s playing at and the types of things he’s been asked to do, for me and for our system and what I do, I would draft Matt Barkley. And again that’s not a knock on Andrew Luck. I think he’ll be the No. 1 pick in the draft. But for what we do, I think Matt fits a little bit better.”

For what it’s worth, I would take Barkley over Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, and I think that is where the real debate might end up being in April, as some prefer Jones and have him as a top 10 pick as well. Most people are not debating Barkley versus Luck, though I anticipate, because of the long news cycle between the end of the football season and the actual draft, that we will hear plenty of opinions come in and out, questioning Luck. Phil Simms is just the first. It’s how it works.

Then again, there’s this factor in the world of coach speak. Sarkisian has already played Andrew Luck, and he knows he will never have to play him again. This week’s opponent: Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans.

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