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Barkley, three other QBs go in Round 4

NEW YORK — Starting with Matt Barkley, Round 4 became the landing spot for four quarterbacks who hoped to go much higher. Philadelphia traded up to get the USC quarterback with Saturday's first pick.

"You visualize all the picks that went in front of you, especially the other quarterbacks," said Barkley, who likely would have been a first-round pick had he left USC after his junior season. "I'm going to remember this weekend for a long time and so are the teams that didn't draft me."

New Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Barkley was among his top 50 prospects: "He's an extremely mature young man, intelligent, articulate. He has that 'it' factor."

The Giants hardly in need of a quarterback with Eli Manning, moved up to get Syracuse's Ryan Nassib. Oakland, which got Matt Flynn in the offseason, took Arkansas' Tyler Wilson. And Pittsburgh took Oklahoma's Landry Jones.

Before Saturday, only three quarterbacks were taken: Florida State's EJ Manuel (Round 1, Bills), West Virginia's Geno Smith (Round 2, Jets) and N.C. State's Mike Glennon (Round 3, Bucs).

More QBS: The other quarterbacks drafted went in Round 7: Brad Sorensen of Southern Utah to the Chargers; B.J. Daniels of USF to the 49ers, the first Bulls QB ever drafted and their first offensive player drafted since 2010; Zac Dysert of Miami (Ohio) to the Broncos; and Sean Renfree of Duke to the Falcons.

Not a QB: Denard Robinson of Michigan went to the Jaguars with the second pick of Round 5. Robinson, whose 4,495 rushing yards are an NCAA record for a quarterback, will be a running back and kick returner for the Jaguars, the Florida Times-Union reported. "A lot of people have put me at different positions," he said. "Now it's time to go to work."

Lattimore picked: South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, who dislocated and tore three ligaments in his left knee in October, went to the 49ers in Round 4. They can afford to "redshirt" him because they have Frank Gore, LaMichael James and Kendall Hunter. "We really haven't even talked about that," Lattimore said of sitting out 2013 to heal. "If I'm ready to play, I'm going to play. If I'm not, I'm not."

Going west: Former Pasco High and Purdue star CB Josh Johnson was not drafted but said, via Twitter, he signed with San Diego.

Undrafted USF players sign: TE Evan Landi signed with the Bucs; DT Cory Grissom with the Patriots; OL Mark Popek with the Jets; and K Maikon Bonani and CB George Baker with the Titans.

Kick time: Three kickers went in Round 5: UCLA P Jeff Locke to Minnesota, Appalachian State P Sam Martin to Seattle and Florida K Caleb Sturgis to Miami. The only other kicker drafted was FSU K Dustin Hopkins by Buffalo in Round 6.

SEC-OND TO NONE: The SEC had 63 players taken, more than double the next highest conference, the ACC with 31. The Pac-12 had 28, Big 12 and Big Ten 22 and Big East 19.

Denver move: LB Shaun Phillips agreed to a deal with the Broncos, espn.com reported. He had 691/2 sacks over nine seasons for the Chargers (9½ in 2012).

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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