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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Will the Cowboys draft QB Matt Barkley?

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After another 8-8 season, the Cowboys may try to replace Tony Romo.

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

It's been three seasons since Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys have made the playoffs. So is it time to change the play caller?

In SB Nation's latest mock draft, Matthew Fairburn has the Cowboys taking USC quarterback Matt Barkley with the No. 18 pick in the first round. Fairburn thinks Romo has gotten a bum rap, but he could be packing his bags anyway:

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.

Romo has led the Cowboys to back-to-back seasons of 8-8 records. This season, Romo completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,903 yards and 28 touchdowns. However, his 19 interceptions was a league-high, as well as the the highest mark of his career. (He also threw 19 interceptions in 2007.)

Barkley put a cap on his collegiate career by leading the Trojans to a 7-6 record and a loss in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Barkley's 2012 performance was a down year compared to 2011. This season, he completed 63 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards. He threw 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

He had a stronger junior season, completing 69 percent of his passes for 3,528 yards. He finished the year with 39 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

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