It was one of the big stories of last weekend’s NFL draft–the precipitous drop of USC Quarterback Matt Barkley. Some draft experts had Barkley graded as a first or second round pick. But he lasted until the 1st pick of the fourth round, when the Philadelhia Eagles took his name off the board.
Barkley’s fate caught one of his USC teammates by surprise. Bills 2nd round pick Robert Woods says he couldn’t believe that his quarterback had to wait until the fourth round.
“Very surprised that he went so late,” Woods said Tuesday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “I don’t know why he did. But I know talent-wise, he’s going to have a great NFL career once he gets his shot. He’s a competitor. He has a strong arm, he’s a very accurate quarterback. A quick arm. We’ll see what he does with the Eagles. He’s going to do great things once he gets his chance.”
Woods said he talked with Barkley during the draft and then after his selection by the Eagles. And he said his Trojan teammate is already brushing off the snub of waiting until the fourth round to hear his name called.
“He’s not depressed,” Woods told host John Murphy. “The whole process is stressful. But once you hear your name called, that all goes out the window. You’re relieved. You’re happy. And that’s exactly how he was. He was just happy to hear his name called. Now he has to get to work, and that’s his mindset. He has to get to work and prove why he is what he is.”
The entire interview with Bills 2nd round draft pick Robert Woods is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow
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