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NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:06 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 5:36 pm
NFL scouts are cold, bottom line men. You need to be to do that job. And the assessment of two longtime scouts reflects just that -- both called USC quarterback Matt Barkley's decision to stay, well, not very smart.

"A foolish business decision," said one scout.

"This is Matt Leinart dumb," said another.

Well, okay then.

It should be noted that past quarterbacks who were injured after returning for their senior season still went high in the draft. One of the more notable names was Sam Bradford who missed time his senior season at college because of an injured knee and then later missed most of the season because of shoulder surgery. Yet he still went first overall in the draft to the Rams.

Yet despite proof that a player can stay for his senior season and still go high in the NFL draft it is Leinart who remains one of the great cationary tales among scouts in professional football about the dangers of forgoing the draft when eligible. Leinart also returned for his senior season and after his career went 10th overall instead of first overall (which he would have done had he entered his junior year). That decision cost him millions of dollars.

Thus the phrase "Matt Leinart dumb."

Two scouts say Barkley is a top ten pick right now. Easy.

"There's a chance he could come back his senior season and be the first or second pick in the draft," said a scout, "but it's a total crapshoot. You never know."

Is Barkley "Matt Leinart dumb?"

We'll see.
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL, NFL draft, USC

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:28 pm

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

If I am not mistaken, the NCAA instituted a program several years ago that allow players rated as top draft choices who choose to come back the opportunity to borrow money to take out a large insurance policy against devestating injuries.  If the injury happens then the policy pays off and the player pays the loan off out of the proceeds and pockets the rest.  If he is not injured he takes money from his first contract to pay of the loan. While not perfect, it does take much of the excess risk out of coming back.  They only get a chance to be a college athlete once so if they are enjoying it why not?

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2011 6:32 am

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

Who is to criticize which decision?  Is it your body,Freeman?  Would Leinhart have been any better if he had come out as a junior?  Tell me how Sam Bradford must feel dumb, if he signed a $50,000,000 contract.  How about Andrew Luck?  why the hell did he feel compelled to go back for another year.  What's amazing is that you've written a post that is really based on what other people have said.  In other words, there really isn't anything in this that is Mike Freeman.  This allows you an escape either way.  The fact is that the draft and everything about going to the NFL is a crapshoot to start.  No one is really guaranteed to make it.  Sometimes the biggest stars come from the lower rounds of the draft.  Meanwhile, it's going to take another year to figure out if Barkley made the right decision.  Just do us a favor, Freeman...whatever happens, don't us us that YOU told us so, because YOU didn't.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:36 am

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

By the way, how is Leinart doing? Oh yea a top ten bust, a backup QB, and out for the year with an injury.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:14 am

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

He better start praying now that he does not get hurt or have a career ending injury and never even make it to the NFL. Big risk he is taking for what, to show the world he can be a QB in college for no money? This IS Leinart part two.

Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:48 pm

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

The whole argument that a student athelete should be comended for staying in school to finish his education is complete crap. This guy is going to make millions of dollars, some of which he can use to go back to school at his convienience when his playing career is over. The whole point of going to college is so that you can get the best job when you are done. Well, mission accomplished. Leave school NOW.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:01 pm

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

I cannot criticize a decision to stay in school, graduate, get an opportunity to win the conference, play in a major bowl and go out a winner. None of those things have happened for Barkley. Watching the media love for Andrew Luck when he made the same decision last year, Barkley has a more recent example of getting it right.
It really boils down to trusting in his own talent. Leinart misjudged his talent and fell a bit in the draft. But the opportunity was still there for him to play in the NFL. His talent let him down, not his decision. Any player that only wants one payday (unearned at that) in the NFL is better not to ever enter.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:40 pm

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

I don't see how this hurts Barkley at all.  I am no USC fan, but Barkley has won my respect over the past couple of years.  He may do better to star as a senior than to sit in the NFL.  He'll make it in the NFL, but it is still difficult for a rookie QB to do well.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 7:18 pm

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

Yeah, because Matt Leinart turned out to be such a great NFL quarterback.  So much for qualified scouts.  I'd bet either one of the morons interviewed for this article that Barkley comes back next season and has an even better year than he did this previous year. 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:46 pm

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

Personally I think Barkley will be better than Luck in the NFL, but the bottom line is, it's his choice to stay another year, and no one else's...

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 3:34 pm

NFL scout on Barkley: 'Foolish business decision'

Foolish or sour grapes by the scouts. What team do they represent and where was there team picking?  Maybe they wanted Barkley badly and he looked as if he would go about the time they drafted. Here he is staying another year and now maybe he goes between 1 and 5, whereas this year he would probably go between 6-10, depending how badly you needed a QB or some other position. Maybe Leinart was dumb, but he is still a rich dumb guy. He unfortunately got hurt his first chance to start this year.  But he stayed at Houston instead of going to Seattle and compete for starting. So far the only people that are dumb are the ones who signed him in the first place. Barkley is only dumb if money is more important than happiness or should we say contentment. Maybe he thought he owed his senior teamates and himself something. I have seen ballplayers leave a sweet situation and go somewhere else for a whole lot more money, and you know they aren't having as much fun. When the numbers get so big, you need to remind yourself that you can only spend so much of it anyway.

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