This was one rush quarterbacks embraced.
Yes, it was three rounds later than Barkley hoped for. Same thing for Ryan Nassib of Syracuse, Landry Jones of Oklahoma and Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, the other quarterbacks chosen in Round 4 on Saturday.
When doctors get called on the carpet by other doctors, it's productive but not always pretty, as neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta describes it.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long wasted little time in bringing the John L. Smith era to a close.
Matt Barkley has slipped back into the pack and Montee Ball has fallen off the board completely. Landry Jones? You can probably take him off the list, too. Same with Tyler Wilson.
Tyler Wilson is back for Arkansas.
Without Tyler Wilson, Arkansas never had a chance against Alabama.
John L. Smith did his best to keep the mood light, opening with his usual touch of self-deprecating humor about the color of his shirt.
The rise of Arkansas as arguably a top-10 program and a credible SEC West foil to Alabama and Louisiana State took about four years.