USC quarterback Matt Barkley is the only old school “NFL style” quarterback in the NFL Draft. I say old school because Geno Smith is more the mold of the new wave of NFL quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, and Robert Griffin III.
But he will not be throwing at the NFL Scouting Combine this year, but will throw at the USC Pro Day.
Barkley suffered a separated shoulder in the 2012 season and this is likely the reason behind the decision. The USC Pro Day is scheduled for March 27th, so it gets him another month to recover.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this and gave the following synopsis of his medical situation:
Doctors who have examined and worked with Barkley are convinced he has made outstanding progress. He already has been cleared to throw at USC’s Pro Day on March 27. Barkley’s shoulder is said to be 85-90 percent recovered.
Barkley recently moved his rehab and training sessions to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He had spent the past month in Birmingham, Ala., rehabbing his shoulder under the supervision of doctors Jim Andrews and Lyle Cain, and Physical Therapist Kevin Wilk.
He will still attend the NFL Scouting Combine and could still decided to run and jump. He will most likely at least be available for NFL teams to interview.