When I published my top-50 prospects for 2012 last week, it was an easy decision on who went #1 and #2. Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley are franchise quarterbacks in the making and only circumstance or injury will stand in their way.
Poise, accuracy, athleticism and ideal mechanics. Neither has the physical qualities of Cam Newton, Jake Locker or Blaine Gabbert, but they make up for it with high grades in all of the other criteria.
I reviewed Barkley in detail ten days ago (click here) and this is another opportunity to watch him at top of his game. Both quarterbacks competed at a high level when Stanford entertained USC last season, a re-match which will be eagerly anticipated later this year.
If Barkley doesn’t declare for the 2012 draft, we could be looking at the next two #1 overall picks. Should he enter the draft next April, he won’t last long after Andrew Luck is taken first overall. At the moment Luck is a more polished quarterback, but only after making major strides throughout the 2010 season (he was actually a little erratic to start the year). I expect Barkley to make the jump to elite college quarterback in 2011, a scary prospect for the rest of the PAC 12. Even now, there’s very little between the two quarterbacks.