|Barkley returning to school could complicate Washington's QB draft plans. (US PRESSWIRE)|
By Ryan Wilson
Quarterback Matt Barkley announced Thursday that he would return to USC for his senior season. It’s an early Christmas gift for Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin, but two NFL scouts called it a “foolish business decision” before invoking the name of Matt Leinart for emphasis.
CBSSports.com’s Will Brinson pointed out that Barkley returning to Southern Cal shakes things up at the top of the NFL draft board for those teams looking for a franchise quarterback. One team potentially unaffected by where Barkley plays football next fall: the Washington Redskins.
|2012 NFL Draft|
During a Wednesday radio appearance, ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggested that the 'Skins could be willing to move up on draft day, with one caveat -- the Rams end up with the first-overall pick. The thinking: since St. Louis already has their franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, they would have no interest in Stanford’s Andrew Luck. (The Colts, meanwhile, would take Luck should they finish with the NFL’s worst record.)
“The St. Louis Rams are in a situation where it’s hard to see them winning a [third] game this season,” Schefter said via the Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg. “If the Colts and Rams finish tied with two wins a piece, it’ll come down to their strength of schedules. But what is interesting about that is if the Rams have the pick, it becomes literally an auction for that No. 1 pick, because the Dolphins, Redskins, Seahawks and other teams all will have an interest in trading up to that spot.
“If somehow the Colts win a game and the Rams don’t, then that pick, for the Rams franchise, would be worth, roughly worth, three [first-round picks] and two [second-rounders], maybe four first-round picks. And so there’s a huge amount at stake if somehow the Colts — who will continue to try to win games — win another game, the Rams lose their two games and somehow come up with that pick.”
Clearly, a lot has to happen before the Redskins can even entertain thoughts of landing Luck. At 5-9, Washington would have the No. 7 pick, but they’re season hasn’t been a huge disappointment because they were one player away from the postseason.
Silver lining: Schefter and just about every other media member suggested that if Luck ends up in Indy and the Colts cut Peyton Manning, Washington might target him (of course they would).
Rex Grossman and the Redskins pulled off a surprising upset last week against the Giants. Can they do it again this week when they welcome the Vikings to FedEx Field? Join NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz for a preview of this matchup.
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