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Bengals second round pick... Matt Barkley?

Looking at our team, the prospects, and our draft spots... we need a safety and a RB, but there is enough quality depth to grab both later in the draft. Oh, and we need a linebacker. And this team was 10-6 last year, so it's not like they have hundreds of holes. So i'm proposing (a possibly insane suggestion) of drafting Matt Barkley in the 2nd round (if he falls to us). The rationale...
Barkley is a kid with top-10 talent, but fell due to USC's lousy year. He has produced in a pro-style system. He has the size & tools, and looks to be a solid QB who could start for a while in the NFL. Of course, with a young Dalton on board, the Bengals clearly don't NEED a QB. But, they do need QB depth. Josh Johnson is a nice runner who can throw, but isn't anything special. So they could draft Barkley, groom him for a couple years, and then when Dalton's rookie contract comes up, they would have a backup plan in place if Dalton walks. If they can keep Dalton, then Barkley could be parlayed into picks via a trade. Second rate talent like Matt Flynn and Kevin Kolb were traded for a small fortune. The Bengals could do the same thing with Barkley in a year or two if they can re-sign Dalton. It may sound crazy... but so did Green Bay drafting Aaron Rodgers when they had all-pro Brett Favre as their starting QB. And that turned out alright for the Packers, from what I can tell.....

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