Originally Posted by knickballer
I understand he had a senior slump and many potential Heisman QB's entering their senior year usually have that type of slump/unfortunate break. He's still one of the most prolific QB's in NCAA history and let's see how he does in the workouts/combine. I think he was just unfortunate with the injury issues and with the USC team not being as good as advertised hurting his on field stats, I think he'll emerge as the #1 overall pick.. If Barkley can be selected in the 2nd then so be it and draft him there.
I also don't think most the guys you listed will slip into the third, there's always those darkhorse QB candidates that enter the 1st round in almost every draft. Barkley, Smith and Bray will all slide into the first round imo. The chances of a developmental pick like Manuel panning out isn't really too high because a) This draft is weak in QB's b) The Chiefs don't have a legit veteran QB who can lead the team 2-3 years until the developmental pick is ready to take over C) The Chiefs have always been drafting QB's in the 2nd-4th rounds and none of them have panned out.
If it's any other team I'll suggest for them to grab a veteran QB like Alex Smith or Carson Palmer who can be a good stop-gap or a possible long term option but the Chiefs have always been trying that and it always fails for them.. Cassell, Quinn, Orton, Huard, Grbac, etc..
All comes down to what you think of Barkley. If you reach and take him with the #1 overall...despite the consensus being that he's not worth taking that high...you better be 100% right that he's a long term, franchise QB. And you better know it fast; the 2014 QB class looks very good, and if Barkley's not your guy you've got to do what Carolina did and abandon ship quickly..
I don't believe you'll see as many QB go in the first round of this draft; not with guys with actual NFL experience potentially available on the FA market.
Only time will tell.