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2015 NFL DRAFT

Anthony Barr, OLB

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: San Pedro, CA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 255 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1121

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.562.621.6415 34 1/29'11"4.196.82
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.412.671.5719 -10'05"--

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Tennessee Titans | #11
    The Titans tied for 21st in the NFL with 36 sacks recorded in 2013 with defensive tackle Jurell Casey chipping in a disproportionate 10.5 of them. With the Titans expected to transition to a 3-4 defense under Ray Horton, Casey's numbers are likely to fall, creating a need for more pass rushers. Only two years removed from playing on offense, Barr lacks the polish to rank as a top 10 pick for everyone but his tremendous blend of size (6-5, 255), speed (4.44) and flexibility made him a star rush linebacker in UCLA's 3-4 scheme.
  • Tennessee Titans | #11
    Moving to a 3-4 base, the Titans need stand-up pass rushers and Barr is a talented player worth groom in Ray Horton's scheme.
  • Tennessee Titans | #11
    He is an edge rusher on a team that needs and edge rusher. It works.
  • Tennessee Titans | #11
    In two years as a pass rusher, the former fullback has 58 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 27 games. He is only going to get better, but some tell me he may lack some fire in his belly.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Perhaps most impressive qualities are Barr's balance, lateral agility and acceleration, which he uses to break down in the open field as well as when exploding into ballcarriers for ferocious hits.

Freakish combination of size and athleticism. Possesses long arms, extraordinary burst off the ball and explosive closing ability -- a terrifying combination that gives him an immediate advantage over pass-blockers. Developing swim move to complement his speed, and possesses the strength and use of leverage to effectively bull-rush.

Followed up breakout junior season with another standout campaign despite facing constant double-team attention. Causes holding penalties due to his athletic motor and power to rip through blocks.

WEAKNESSES: Still developing as a run defender. Will be tested in coverage if working as a stand-up linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Raw as a two-year player on the defensive side of the ball in coverage, and will need to pick up NFL schemes quickly to be more than a situational pass rusher as a rookie.

Compares To: Demarcus Ware, Broncos -- To develop into the all-around performer that Ware has become, however, Barr will need to show better leverage and overall physicality, especially when offenses run his direction.

Player Overview

During the recruiting process, the promise to keep Barr as a ballcarrier on offense swayed him to UCLA, but with head coach Jim Mora taking over in 2012 and a crowded backfield, Barr agreed to move to linebacker that spring. To say he flourished at the new position would be a vast understatement.

Barr's evolution from running back to outside linebacker and a potential top-five selection in the 2014 draft is one of the more extraordinary developments in college football over the past two years.

Powerful and athletic, Barr can be a terror off the edge. After racking up 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss as a junior, he added 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2013. He earned a cupboard full of awards in the process, including the Lott Impact Trophy, first team Walter Camp All-American and first team All-Pac-12.

Scouts feel that Barr is stout enough to handle strong-side duties in the 4-3 alignment but believe his best fit is as a stand-up outside linebacker in the 3-4.

A popular prospect with obvious athletic ability and some pass rush skills, but he is a no sale here. If Barr doesn't win foot-race with initial burst he appears all-to-easy to block and lacks NFL caliber tenacity and toughness. His fluid athleticism and speed are seductive, but Barr does not show innate read-and-react skills. In summary, great athlete who rarely shows effort to disengage blockers, is missing the ferocity of a top level defender and may not be effective in space.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 1/9 - Anthony Barr, OLB, 6-5, 255, UCLA...The Vikings traded down a spot with Cleveland, collecting a fifth-round pick, before addressing the league's worst scoring defense. Barr will start at strong-side linebacker, but also gives new coach Mike Zimmer a highly versatile edge rusher who's raw but has a high ceiling because of elite physical tools. He'll help offset the loss of Jared Allen, even though he'll play linebacker primarily. - The Sports Xchange
 

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