During the recruiting process, the Bruins' promise to keep him as a ballcarrier on offense swayed him to UCLA, but with the new coaching staff and a crowded backfield, Barr agreed to move to linebacker last spring. He flourished at the new position as a junior and should only improve as a senior.
Many scouts feel the sky is the limit for his NFL potential with another productive year rushing the passer.
Weaknesses: Relies on his size and athleticism to make virtually all of his plays. Extremely raw, especially in his use of hands. Is too easily locked up by offensive tackles, tight ends and even fullbacks because he doesn't keep his hands actively ripping away at blockers' attempts to grasp onto his jersey. Loses track of the football, at times, and must do a better job of pursuing downfield when he does find it. Relies too much on his natural explosiveness as a hitter, rather than wrapping his arms around the ballcarrier securely.
Compares To: Clay Matthews, OLB, Green Bay Packers -- Matthews may have emerged as one of the NFL's fiercest pass rushers now but he, like Barr, required quite a bit of polishing to become a consistently dominating force.