2013 NFL Combine: Matt Barkley confirms separated shoulder, will throw at USC Pro Day

Steve Dykes

Matt Barkley talked about his senior year struggles at USC while confirming that he's on course to recover from his shoulder injury - although it did prevent him from throwing at the NFL Combine.

Matt Barkley isn't able to throw at the NFL Combine, but he says his separated shoulder is healing as planned, and that he'll be 100 percent by the time USC has its Pro Day on March 27.

Barkley had hyped up the combine as an opportunity to show off his throwing arm after a disappointing senior season at USC, but an injury that forced him out of his team's final two games lingers, and will keep him from being able to participate in any drills in Indianapolis. However, he showed at the combine to interview with teams, get measured, and take an aptitude test - he wants to get a perfect score - and talked with NFL media Friday about his injury and his stock.

He made quite an impression:

First, as for the shoulder, he confirmed that it is separated but said it's coming along fine:

Like every other player, he said he thinks he's the best quarterback in the draft:

And he wants to play right away:

The main criticism of him is his arm strength, but he doesn't feel that's an issue:

However, his talk with the media wasn't all flowery positives. Although Barkley said he didn't regret coming out of college a year early, he addressed his final year at USC head-on, talking about his apparent regression and the team's poor performance.

It's tough to say how highly the former consensus No. 1 pick will go - a lot of it might depend on how well he throws at his Pro Day.

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