Originally Posted by ChiefMojo
I've watch plenty of tape on all of the top QB's and one thing that stands out to me about Barkley is that his footwork in the pocket for a WCO offense is a VERY GOOD. Even when the pocket is breaking down, he does a good job of checking down to his alternate route.
The main weakness for Barkley imo is the fact he tries to force things when stuff isn't there. If coachable, he can correct many of those issues in the NFL.
The WCO offense is so much dictated on accuracy and timing. Where Barkley gets into trouble is not the initial pressure, but when he goes through his progressions and doesn't find someone... that is when he forces things. He just needs to learn to get rid of the ball better but from what I've watched on his film. He was worse doing this as a senior, compared to as a junior. I think much of that has to do with his offensive line protection and trying to do to much.
Take in mind I've never been a big Barkley fan but as I've gotten into tape of Geno, Wilson, Nassib, Barkley and Dysert (have not watched much of Glennon as he doesn't fit our offense), I've found that Barkley does hold many traits that could allow him to succeed very early in the NFL... even moreso than many of the QB's in this draft due to his knowledge of the WCO.
I'll say this, being a great athlete in the WCO isn't as important as some of the other offensive systems. Having the proper footwork, accuracy, knowing your progressions, timing and being cool under pressure is the key to being successful in the WCO... case in point why Joe Montana was so great.
If one studies up on the WCO and then applies it to this years draft class, you can understand why Barkley is a very strong possibility to be drafted by KC even if it may not be the #1 pick.
Just remember that the way Andy Reid runs the WCO and the way some others do is pretty different.
Reid likes guys with mobility and he likes to take the top off the defense. In no way does this mean Barkley isn't a fit at all but this isn't necessarily the PERFECT fit.