Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian Thinks Matt Barkley Should Be Drafted Before Andrew Luck

The 2012 NFL draft is still over five months away but it seems likely that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the first overall pick in April.

Unless University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian had any say over the pick.

Despite popular belief, Sarkisian thinks USC quarterback Matt Barkely is better than Luck.

“I said this earlier to the staff and I’ll say it to you guys — if I’m an NFL head coach I’d pick Matt Barkley over Andrew Luck,” Sarkisian said according to Yahoo! Sports. “I think he is playing at that high a level. I think where he fits into the National Football League and his pocket presence and what Lane [Kiffin] is doing with him, the variety of offense that they’re playing with, his ability to make all of the throws, anticipate throws, throwing them on time, throwing them accurately, he’s fantastic to me.

“And I know him personally, so I have a little better insight of who he is, what he represents. I think he’s fantastic.”

Sarkisian was an assistant under former USC head coach Pete Carroll and was most responsible for bringing Barkley to Southern California.

The 2012 NFL draft will be held on Apr. 26.

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