The wait is over: Barkley lands with Eagles

11:48 AM, Apr 27, 2013   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley has finally found a home.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to select Barkley with the first pick of the fourth round (98th overall). Barkley was projected as a top five draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but opted to return to USC for his senior season.

Philadelphia traded their fourth and seventh round draft picks to Jacksonville to move up.

"It's different coaching staffs. It's like comparing apples to oranges," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of his familiarity with Barkley while coaching in the Pac-12. "We are going to evaluate Matt Barkley as Matt Barkley."

Barkley was considered one of the top overall players in college football after the 2011 season in which he threw for 3,528 yards with 39 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He led the Trojans to a 10-2 record, which included a shocking late-season win against Kelly's Oregon Ducks. The school, though, was ineligible for conference and postseason play to due NCAA violations.

Barkley shocked many by announcing he would return for his senior season, although many draft analysts projected him as a sure first-rounder. This past season, Barkley and the Trojans were the preseason favorite to win the BCS national championship, but the season quickly got out of hand.

The team finished with a disappointing 7-6 record.

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