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2013 NFL Mock Draft: USC's Matt Barkley to Cowboys

Tony Romo has struggled to lead his team in its biggest games, so the Cowboys could look to draft a successor.

Stephen Dunn

Tony Romo's career as QB of the Dallas Cowboys has never been short on criticism. After the Cowboys failed to win their regular-season finale against the Redskins, costing them both an NFC East title and a playoff berth, frustration with Romo in Dallas is at an all-time high.

Well, good news Cowboys fans, Mocking The Draft projects USC QB Matt Barkley will be selected by Dallas in the first round of April's draft.

Tony Romo doesn't get the credit he deserves. He carried the Cowboys in the second half of the season but shoulder all of the blame for them coming up short. His tenure in Dallas could unfairly come to an end this offseason. If it does, Matt Barkley reeks of a Jerry Jones pick.

It would be like going from one circus to another for Barkley, who chose to stay in school for a chance at a BCS Championship and Heisman Trophy, but instead went a disappointing 7-6 and suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against UCLA.

Barkley's injury kept him out of the team's bowl game and will also cause him to miss the Senior Bowl. It is unknown if he will participate in the NFL Combine this February.