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. As such, general manager Ruston Webster might be willing to ignore other positions of concern (like right tackle) with a potentially dominant edge rusher like the 6-foot-5, 255 pound Barr falling into his lap.
The Giants need to address their pass rush and pass defense this offseason, the bread and butter of the teams that won the Super Bowl two of the last six years. Barr needs to develop into more of a polished pass rusher, but his athleticism and upside is off-the-charts.
The Giants might consider a tackle like Zach Martin here, but Barr?s two-year production at UCLA plays into the Giants' drafting tendencies. Opposite a healthy Jason Pierre-Paul, Barr could see double-digit sacks as a rookie.
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, Cowboys -- 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.
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.
02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 10. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA, 6-4, 248, 4.48, 1...Former prep running back fancied himself a dynamic Ricky Watters-type and wanted to play offense for Bruins. Originally lined up as H-back, but when coach Jim Mora asked him to try defense in 2012, Barr's future as a pro became immediately obvious. Hard-working team leader has respect of teammates, coaches and even opponents, who cannot ignore his ability to blow up plays all over the field with his speed and agility. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange