Geno Smith, Matt Barkley will miss Senior Bowl

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.

This year's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., will be played without a pair of high-profile college signal-callers.

Liz Mullen of reports West Virginia's Geno Smith and USC's Matt Barkley will not take part in the annual All-Star game that doubles as a pre-draft showcase for top college talent, per the game's executive director, Phil Savage.

It suggests the quarterbacks don't view the game -- even if they were to play well -- as a lever to hike their draft stock prior to April. A bad performance, however, might sink them in eyes of scouts, so staying away isn't a terrible strategy.

Their absence puts QB-hungry teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, who hold the No. 1 pick, in a tough position, because Smith and Barkley won't take part in the week of practices leading up to the game, where plenty of evaluation takes place.

This year's quarterback class doesn't come close to the outstanding field we saw a season ago. Barkley, especially, was once seen as a possible top-overall pick, but watched his stock drop during an uneven senior season at USC.

He obviously doesn't view the Senior Bowl as a way to improve those perceptions.