INDIANAPOLIS – Matt Barkley wasn’t quite sure how tall he was when asked that question at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“They told me a weird number, I don’t remember the height,” the quarterback from USC said during his Q&A session in the media center at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday.
Turns out the QB that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recruited to USC was taller than anyone expected: 6 feet 2½.
But in Combine speak, that came out 6024 when Barkley was weighed and measured, which led to his confusion. Last spring, Barkley was listed at 6-1 7/8.
Football, as we know, is a game of inches. But even fractions of inches matter, especially when you’re attempting to measure up as a first-round prospect at the pivotal position of quarterback.