Yeah, the Barkley thing highlights how most people just cling to a hive mentality. People rarely give reasons for Barkley's massive draft drop, and when they do, it's usually "7-6". As if that had nothing to do with incompetent coaching, a porous defense, or an offensive line that sorely missed a guy who went #4 overall the year before. Not to mention that Barkley was not even the QB in two of those losses. In the 4 games Barkley did lose, his offense averaged 32.25 points per game.
Not a fan of Bray, never have been. His mobility is basically Mallett-esque, and as a thrower he's Nick Foles with a better arm. Locks on to WRs... rarely if ever checks reads. I'm not in love with his inefficient throwing motion either. He is going to be a pick machine in the NFL. Coaching has gotten so good that these kinds of QBs can be salvaged, but if you want to know what limits a QBs upside, it's what's above the neck, not what's below it. Not saying he will bust, but Andy Dalton with a lot less mobility is his maximum upside.
Not sure if I have a favorite QB this year. Lots of "Jay Cutler" caliber QBs in this draft (Tyler Wilson, Mike Glennon, Ryan Nassib). Geno Smith is really hard to project. He wows you but really lacks when it comes to intangibles and consistency. Matt Barkley's maximum upside is probably Matt Ryan. If you just want a good starter this is a great draft early, but not seeing any superstar to get geeked over. And in the later picks, I'm not seeing as many intriguing "potential steals" as last year. Darron Thomas really did screw up not staying an extra year.
If I had a favorite QB, with some reluctance I'd probably say... oh never mind. I'm trying to ration how many mentions I make of him before the draft arrives.