Cody Kessler USC Quarterback
HT 6-1 Weight 215
A highly touted quarterback prospect from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California. He was an early enrollee at USC and saw game action as a holder as a red-shirt freshman. He is a three year starter and has amassed over 10,000 passing yards during his career.
Mechanics.Has a quick release and is able to reset and deliver the ball.
Pocket presence Shows the ability to step up in the pocket or slide to buy time, able to use legs to extend play. Does not seem aware at times of pressure or blitzes.
Decision Making At times stares down receiver and benefited from a lot of one read type plays and many screens, check downs and short passes. Can be very decisive and locate the open man. Shows good poise in the face of pressure and attempts to make positive yardage plays out of potential sacks. Makes sound decisions with the football and man times takes what the defense gives him.
Mobility He has the ability to extend plays at times, but lacks the ability to make plays with his legs. Very adept at using a side step move to elude defenders in the backfield and keep the play alive.
Arm Strength Does not put a ton of zip on the ball consistently,. Struggles to drive the ball into tight areas on intermediate and deep type throws. Can get the ball downfield but relies more on timing and touch than arm strength. NFL defenders will close on those routes and make a play on the ball.This is why he could struggle to make intermediate and deep throws in the NFL.
Accuracy Very adept at making short to intermediate throws. Shows good touch,anticipation, and timing on short to intermediate throws. Struggles with the deep ball at times.
Projection As a pro prospect he doesn’t have nearly the upside of many other qb’s in his draft class. He could be selected in the middle rounds of the NFL draft and develop as a backup and eventual spot starter.
Fantasy Outlook Cody Kessler was a tremendously productive college quarterback. His game doesn’t seem like it will translate all that well to the NFL style of play. He could develop down the road into a spot starter type player, but currently probably doesn’t deserve a lot of fantasy attention unless you are in a deep dynasty type league.
Matt Barkley 6-2 220 Sr QB USC
He has average height and an adequate frame. He has average mobility. He can side step pressure and buy time on the run. He can accurately throw on the run.
Shows a good feel for stepping up in the pocket and senses when pressure is near. He keeps his eyes downfield when he steps up or slide steps pressure.
He features an over the top delivery. He has a pretty quick release and consistently repeats his throwing motion. He consistently steps into his throws and transfers his body weight.
He makes good decisions with the football. He throws a good amount of screens and short flat routes. He recognizes blitzes and makes the appropriate throws. He takes what the defense is giving him. He utilizes the pump fake very well. He knows where to go with the ball based on the defense and what coverage they are in. He is very decisive decision maker.
He shows average overall arm strength. He can make all of the necessary NFL throws.He can put pretty good zip on intermediate throws.A little concerned with his zip and arm strength on deep outs and comeback routes across the field. At times he struggles with his deep throws down the field. At times his deep ball floats a bit.
He is very accurate with good touch on short and intermediate routes. He struggles at times stretching the field with his arm. His deep ball tends to float and hang up a bit.
As a 4 year starter he had a very productive career for the Trojans. He missed Trojans final two games of his senior season with a sprained shoulder. In 2010 he did not play in the Notre Dame game due to a sprained ankle injury he suffered the week before vs Oregon St. In 2009 he did not play in the game against Washington because of a shoulder bruise.
Matt Barkley shows very good pocket awareness and very good accuracy and touch on short and intermediate routes. He is a very decisive decision maker. His numbers are a bit inflated because of the system he played in. He made a lot of throws at or near the line of scrimmage and benefitted from many yards after the catch. His arm strength is average and his deep ball tends to hang up a bit. He shows the ability to use his legs to roll and throw accurately on the run. Overall in the right offense he can become a starter early on his career. He does not have the upside of some of players in this draft, but he has enough of a skillset to be a solid NFL starter.