Mel Kiper says watch out for USC’s Barkley

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Mel Kiper isn’t one to hide his accomplishments, and he didn’t when he made this one. During ESPN’s draft coverage Kiper said he had predicted Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford would be a No. 1 draft pick and Saturday he said, ‘I’m going on record now to say ... three years Matt Barkley -- who will be a true freshman this year -- will be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Three years from now.’

About the time he was saying that USC redshirt freshman Aaron Corp wasstarting USC’s spring game. We’ll be looking forward to that press conference when Trojans coach Pete Carroll says farewell to Barkley.

-- Diane Pucin