USC's Barkley, 3 Other QBs Picked in 4th Round

He will join quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles in Philadelphia

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    Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley throws during NFL Pro Day at the University of Southern California, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Los Angeles.

    For anyone waiting for the draft of the quarterbacks — players included — it came Saturday in the fourth round.

    A shopping spree for signal callers opened the final day of the draft with Southern California's Matt Barkley taken by Philadelphia after a trade with Jacksonville.

    Yes, it was three rounds later than Barkley hoped for. Same thing for Ryan Nassib of Syracuse, Landry Jones of Oklahoma and Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, the other quarterbacks chosen in Round 4.

    "We're going to take the best value on the board," coach Chip Kelly said, adding the Eagles rated Barkley in the top 50. "There's a prime example. The best value on the board by far was Matt. He's an extremely mature young man, intelligent, articulate. He has that 'it' factor."

    Perhaps. But he seemed to have a lot more of it last year. Barkley was projected as a first-round selection last year, but opted to return to school. He and the Trojans slumped, Barkley injured his shoulder, and his stock plummeted.

    "I try not to get stressed about things I can't control," Barkley said when asked about his drop in the draft. "I'm just glad I know where my home is and I can't wait to hit the playbook."

    He will join quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles in Philadelphia.

    The New York Giants, hardly in need of a quarterback with Eli Manning in his prime, still dealt with Arizona to move up for Nassib.

    Nassib, from the Philadelphia suburbs, took a call from Giants coach Tom Coughlin, but wasn't sure what Coughlin told him.

    "To be honest with you, I blacked out. I didn't get everything," Nassib said. "What I did get from him was that first off I had to cut my ties with the Philadelphia Eagles and switch, which won't be a problem."

    Oakland, which acquired Matt Flynn from Seattle in the offseason to be its starter, followed two picks later at No. 112 overall with Wilson. Three spots after that, Pittsburgh grabbed Jones, probably hoping to groom him behind Ben Roethlisberger.

    A former quarterback, Denard Robinson of Michigan, is headed to Jacksonville, which had one of the league's worst offenses the last two years. Robinson will be switched to running back or receiver by the Jaguars; he set the NCAA record for career yards rushing (4,495) by a quarterback.

    "A lot of people have put me at different positions," he said. "Now it's time to go to work."

    South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, who would have been a high pick if healthy but is coming off a second severe knee injury, went to the 49ers 131st overall. San Francisco can afford to "redshirt" Lattimore because it has a strong stable of runners, including Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James.

    National champion Alabama, which had four players chosen previously — three in the first round — had three more go on the final day: linebacker Nico Johnson to Kansas City with the pick after Barkley was taken; guard Barrett Jones, who can play all offensive line positions, to the Rams; and DT Jesse Williams to Seattle.

    Here's the NFL Draft's Fourth Round Selections:

    98. Philadelphia (from Jacksonville), Matt Barkley, qb, Southern Cal.

    99. Kansas City, Nico Johnson, lb, Alabama.

    100. Tampa Bay (from Oakland), Akeem Spence, dt, Illinois.

    101. Jacksonville (from Philadelphia), Ace Sanders, wr, South Carolina.

    102. New England (from Detroit through Minnesota), Josh Boyce, wr, TCU.

    103. Arizona, Alex Okafor, lb, Texas.

    104. Miami (from Cleveland), Jelani Jenkins, lb, Florida.

    105. Buffalo, Duke Williams, db, Nevada.

    106. Miami (from New York Jets through New Orleans), Dion Sims, te, Michigan State.

    107. Tennessee, Brian Schwenke, c, California.

    108. Carolina, Edmund Kugbila, g, Valdosta State.

    109. Green Bay (from New Orleans through Miami), David Bakhtiari, ot, Colorado.

    110. New York Giants (from San Diego through Arizona), Ryan Nassib, qb, Syracuse.

    111. Pittsburgh (from Miami through Cleveland), Shamarko Thomas, db, Syracuse.

    112. Oakland (from Tampa Bay), Tyler Wilson, qb, Arkansas.

    113. St. Louis, Barrett Jones, c, Alabama.

    114. Dallas, B.W. Webb, db, William & Mary.

    115. Pittsburgh, Landry Jones, qb, Oklahoma.

    116. Arizona (from New York Giants), Earl Watford, g, James Madison.

    117. Chicago, Khaseem Greene, lb, Rutgers.

    118. Cincinnati, Sean Porter, lb, Texas A&M.

    119. Washington, Phillip Thomas, db, Fresno State.

    120. Minnesota, Gerald Hodges, lb, Penn State.

    121. Indianapolis, Khaled Holmes, c, Southern Cal.

    122. Green Bay, J.C. Tretter, ot, Cornell.

    123. Seattle, Chris Harper, wr, Kansas State.

    124. Houston, Trevardo Williams, lb, UConn.

    125. Green Bay (from Denver), Johnathan Franklin, rb, UCLA.

    126. Tampa Bay (from New England), William Gholston, de, Michigan State.

    127. Atlanta, Malliciah Goodwin, de, Clemson.

    128. San Francisco, Quinton Patton, wr, Louisiana Tech.

    129. Baltimore, John Simon, lb, Ohio State.

    130. x-Baltimore, Kyle Juszczyk, rb, Harvard.

    131. x-San Francisco, Marcus Lattimore, rb, South Carolina.

    132. x-Detroit, Devin Taylor, de, South Carolina.

    133. x-Atlanta, Levine Toilolo, te, Stanford.

     

    NFL Draft's Fifth Round Selections:

    134. Kansas City, Sanders Commings, db, Georgia.

    135. Jacksonville, Denard Robinson, rb, Michigan.

    136. Philadelphia, Earl Wolff, db, N.C. State.

    137. Seattle (from Detroit), Jesse Williams, dt, Alabama.

    138. Seattle (from Oakland), Tharold Simon, db, LSU.

    139. Indianapolis (from Cleveland), Montori Hughes, dt, UT-Martin.

    140. Arizona, Stepfan Taylor, rb, Stanford.

    141. New York Jets, Oday Aboushi, ot, Virginia.

    142. Tennessee, Lavar Edwards, de, LSU.

    143. Buffalo, Jonathan Meeks, db, Clemson.

    144. New Orleans, Kenny Stills, wr, Oklahoma.

    145. San Diego, Steve Williams, db, California.

    146. Denver (from Miami through Green Bay), Quanteras Smith, de, Western Kentucky.

    147. Tampa Bay, Steven Means, de, Buffalo.

    148. Carolina, A.J. Klein, lb, Iowa State.

    149. St. Louis, Brandon McGee, db, Miami.

    150. Pittsburgh, Terry Hawthorne, db, Illinois.

    151. Dallas, Joseph Randle, rb, Oklahoma State.

    152. New York Giants, Cooper Taylor, db, Richmond.

    153. Atlanta (from Chicago), Stansly Maponga, de, TCU.

    154. Washington, Chris Thompson, rb, Florida State.

    155. Minnesota, Jeff Locke, p, UCLA.

    156. Cincinnati, Tanner Hawkinson, g, Kansas.

    157. San Francisco (from Indianapolis), Quinton Dial, dt, Alabama.

    158. Seattle, Luke Willson, te, Rice.

    159. Green Bay, Micah Hyde, db, Iowa.

    160. St. Louis (from Houston), Zac Stacy, rb, Vanderbilt.

    161. Denver, Tavarres King, wr, Georgia.

    162. Washington (from New England), Brandon Jenkins, lb, Florida State.

    163. Chicago (from Atlanta), Jordan Mills, ot, Louisiana Tech.

    164. Miami (from San Francisco through Cleveland), Mike Gillislee, rb, Florida.

    165. Detroit (from Baltimore through Seattle), Sam Martin, p, Appalachian State.

    166. x-Miami, Caleb Sturgis, k, Florida.

    167. x-Green Bay, Josh Boyd, de, Mississippi State.

    168. x-Baltimore, Ricky Wagner, g, Wisconsin.