The USC Trojans held their annual Pro Day on Wednesday where the majority of the attention was on quarterback Matt Barkley, who drew a crowd of NFL decision-makers, including a large group of Jaguars personnel, according to Rob Rang of CBS Sports.
Rang listed general manager Dave Caldwell, head coach Gus Bradley, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and senior vice president Tony Khan among those in attendance, making it a similar contingent to the one that the Jaguars sent to the West Virginia Pro Day to watch quarterback Geno Smith.
Barkley, 22, was thought by many to be the top quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft class entering the 2012 season, but struggled during the year as the Trojans dropped from the top-rated team in the Associated Press preseason poll to an unranked team that lost five games during the year. Making matters worse, Barkley separated his shoulder in the team's regular season finale against the UCLA Bruins and was unable to participate in the Sun Bowl, Senior Bowl and 2013 NFL Combine.
With a shoulder injury that has kept him off the field during the majority of the pre-draft process, the USC Pro Day was a big day for Barkley to show that he has recovered from the injury and gave talent-evaluators a chance to see him throw up close and personal for the first time since his playing time with the Trojans.
In the latest player rankings from SB Nation's Dan Kadar, Barkley is listed as the No. 48 prospect and is ranked as the second best quarterback in the class behind Smith.