Originally Posted by RUSH
Barkley's upside is Ponder? That's complete horseshit.
I'm not the biggest Barkley fan and he had a down year, but he's a much better prospect than Ponder was and I'll even say he's better than Ponder right now.
If I had to choose an upside for him, I'd say Rivers or Romo.
That's fair.I do think Ponder and Barkley walk in with very similar pedigrees. Both were drafted for leadership and X's and O's, both have arm injuries that limit draft stock, and both have arms that keep them from making all the NFL throws. But you're right that Barkley has a lot more proven experience in the X's and O's, and very good experience at that.
I'm not a fan of the Rivers and Romo comparisons, because it doesn't factor in attitude or leadership. Barkley's attitude is much better. Come to think of it, this is a tough one. Maybe Hasselbeck is more appropriate.