Barrett began his college football career at Nebraska-Omaha, but played only one season there before the program was dropped. He transferred to Colorado State and was eligible immediately.He produced quality numbers as a hybrid linebacker and rush end, earning conference defensive player of the year honors with 20.5 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks as a senior. Barrett, who is married with two young children, has very average physical traits, but makes up for his limitations with his high energy attitude and quick-thinking approach. He isn't overly explosive, but is a balanced and flexible athlete. Barrett has 'tweener traits, but is draftable because of his potential as a nickel rusher.
STRENGTHS: Flexible body type with good bend and dip off the edge without losing momentum. Stays light on his feet in space with smooth hip action and good vision to avoid blocks. Heady and tracks the ball well with good awareness to recognize the play and adjust. Looks comfortable dropping in coverage. Nice job collecting himself to break down on the move. Aggressive at the point and asked to set the edge quite a bit. Tough and doesn't shy from contact. Doesn't give up once stonewalled with active momentum and good energy. Nonstop motor and never gives up in pursuit. Motivated and ambitious. Four-year starter (45 career starts) with productive numbers, seeing time at both inside and outside linebacker and with his hand on the ground (earned MWC Defensive POY honors in 2013).WEAKNESSES: Average bulk on his frame and lacks ideal size, doesn't have NFL build. Lacks explosive traits and overall speed. Needs to get stronger and do a better job using his hands to fend off blockers limbs. Struggles to shed blocks and is too easily washed out of plays with suspect base strength. Overaggressive angles and needs to better anticipate what the offense wants to do. Lacks creative pass rush moves and needs to play more controlled at the point of attack. Played standing up and with his hand on the ground in college, but what position does he fit at the next level?--Dane Brugler (2/13/14)
05/13/2014 - Denver Broncos Add CFAs After 2014 NFL Draft: Shaquil Barrett, Position: LB, School: Colorado State...Totaled 246 tackles, 18 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss in 38 career games for the Rams. - Gray Caldwell & Stuart Zaas, DenverBroncos.com