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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Kevin Barnes

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 187 | College: Maryland
 
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Overview

Known as the Atlantic Coast Conference's hardest-hitting tackler, Barnes became a YouTube sensation after that service began showing the vicious hit he delivered on California's Jahvid Best early last season that caused the running back to "lose his lunch" from the bone-jarring tackle. But making sensational tackles had become a normal thing for the Terrapin defender. "That's probably the hardest hit I've ever taken in my life," Best said at the time. "It really knocked the wind out of me, and I had a little trouble breathing for the rest of the game."

During 2008 spring camp, Barnes stopped running back Morgan Green (who outweighed him by 30 pounds) in his tracks during an intra-squad game, leaving his teammate being carried off the field. However, it was another violent collision that would bring his college career to an end. In the team's seventh game of 2008, he clobbered Wake Forest receiver D.J. Boldin as both were going for the pass, resulting in the Terps defensive back suffering a torn labrum, fractured left scapula, broken collarbone and rotator cuff damage.

While an injury of that caliber would result in a long recovery period, Barnes proved at the NFL Combine that he was more than ready to compete in the agility tests. He had gone to great lengths to make sure he's completely healthy. Since graduating in December, he began working out at the Athletes' Performance Institute in Tempe, Arizona, along with Maryland teammate Darrius Heyward-Bey. "My primary thing was to rehab my shoulder," said Barnes. "I'm pretty much 99 percent right now."

"You'd never know he was injured," Heyward-Bey said. "At first, he couldn't do a lot of the (weightlifting) stuff. But other than that, he's been right in the mix." Barnes understands the NFL evaluation process well enough to know that there are other questions about him. He has the reputation as being a strong coverage corner who might struggle to make tackles on running plays in the NFL. "Most of the time (at Maryland) I was a coverage guy," he said. "They want to see how physical I am."

That issue might seem moot to those who watched him during his career at Maryland. Over the years, Barnes has delivered some memorable blows despite hit lack of bulk. As far as Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen is concerned, Barnes' abilities are beyond question.

"If he's healthy," Friedgen said, "He has a chance to be drafted pretty good."

Barnes was a two-year starter during his three-year football career at Old Mill high School.

The cornerback and wide receiver was named Big School All-State by the Associated Press, All-Metro first-team by the Baltimore Sun and honorable mention All-Metro by The Washington Post. He was a Mid-Atlantic All-Region pick by Super Prep and All-Region selection by Prep Star. He added second-team Big School All-State (AP), honorable mention All-Met (Baltimore Sun) and All-County accolades as a junior.

Barnes posted 62 tackles (32 solos), three interceptions, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery as a senior. He also had 17 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns in 2003, as well as one rushing touchdown. He produced nine interceptions and 129 tackles in his two years as a starter.

Barnes also posted 10 receptions for 222 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. In addition to football, he competed in track and basketball. He captured the state Class 4A high jump with a leap of 6'6" in his first year competing as a junior.

An early commitment who was also recruited by Virginia and Duke, Barnes was named the Terps' Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week twice in 2004. He played mostly on special teams in 10 games during the 2005 campaign, as the reserve "field" cornerback posted four solo tackles and broke up one pass.

He shifted to "boundary" cornerback in 2006, appearing in 13 games, starting in place of Josh Wilson vs. Florida International. He went on to register 11 tackles (9 solos). Barnes took over strong-side cornerback duties in 2007, starting all 13 games. He received All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition after producing a career-high 65 tackles (47 solos) with 5.5 stops for loss, as 15 of his hits came on third-down snaps. He broke up nine passes and intercepted four others.

Barnes was named to the Terrapin Council (team's leadership committee) in 2008, as the preseason All-ACC choice was having a solid campaign. Through the team's first seven games, he allowed just 10 receptions by his main pass coverage assignment. He made 20 tackles (15 solos), caused two fumbles and also blocked a kick. He batted away five throws and came up with a pair of interceptions.

Analysis

Positives: Good height. … Long arms which he uses well to shield the receiver from the ball. … Natural hands for the interception. … Good straight-line speed. … Good leaping ability. … Cognizant zone defender who can close on the ball. … Generally a reliable open-field tackler. … Flashes big-hitting ability.

Negatives: Very thin in the hips. … Struggles with large, physical receivers on the line or in run support because he doesn't use his long arms to his full advantage. … Throws his body around, but misses too many tackles in the open field by putting his head down and failing to wrap. … Gets hands on the receiver but doesn't knock them off their routes. … Lacks great awareness on misdirection. … Plays on the outside on special teams coverage and blocking units, but is not consistently physical enough to make big hits or keep gunners from getting to return men. … Not as fast on the field as he is in workouts. … Has a hitch in his turn and has to gather a bit in changing direction. … Broken shoulder blade that required surgery.

Career Notes

Barnes started 21 of 43 games at Maryland; 20 at strong-side cornerback and one at boundary cornerback … Recorded 100 tackles (75 solos) with 5.5 stops for losses of 18 yards and two forced fumbles … Blocked a kick vs. Virginia in 2008 and deflected 15 passes … Gained 82 yards on six interception returns (13.67-yard average).

2008 Season

The All-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason selection started the team's first seven games at strong-side cornerback, but suffered a shoulder injury vs. Wake Forest that would sideline him for the final six contests … Finished with 20 tackles (15 solos) and two forced fumbles … Blocked a kick vs. Virginia and totaled 27 yards on two interceptions … Also deflected five passes … The Terrapin Leadership Council member proved to be a "team first" player, as he served as a student coach while missing the second half of the season during his time recovering from his fractured left scapula and torn labrum.

2008 Game Analysis

Delaware … Barnes posted three tackles (2 solos), one forced fumble, and one interception in the Terrapins' 14-7 victory over Delaware … On the first play of the second half, Barnes picked off wide receiver Aaron Love, whose pass attempt came on a flea-flicker play from the Delaware 28-yard line … On Delaware's next offensive series, on 4th-&-1 from the Maryland 20-yard line, Barnes stripped Blue Hen tailback Johnathon Smith of the ball, which was recovered by offensive lineman Kheon Hendricks at the 20-yard line, giving the ball back to Maryland on downs.

Middle Tennessee State … Barnes recorded three solo tackles and one pass break-up in Maryland's disheartening 24-14 loss to Middle Tennessee State, a mid-major school from the Sun Belt Conference … On the game's second play from scrimmage, MTSU quarterback Joe Craddock completed a 30-yard pass to wide receiver Michael Cannon, who was stopped by Barnes at midfield. Later in the drive, Barnes broke up a pass from Craddock to receiver Wes Caldwell, but the defensive back was flagged for pass interference, setting up the Blue Raider offense at the Maryland 2-yard line … Midway through the second quarter, on 3rd-&-5 from the Maryland 29-yard line, Craddock completed a 4-yard pass to wide receiver Patrick Honeycutt, who was stopped 1-yard short of the first down by Barnes … With 4:26 remaining in the game, on 4th-&-8 from the Maryland 32-yard line, Craddock had his pass to wide receiver Eldred King deflected by Barnes, giving the ball back to the Terrapins on downs.

California … The cornerback contributed three solo tackles, one interception, and two pass break-ups to Maryland's 35-27 upset of No. 23 California … At the 10:21 mark in the first quarter, Barnes intercepted Cal quarterback Kevin Riley, returning the ball 17 yards to Cal's 14-yard line to set up Maryland's second touchdown of the afternoon … With 3:26 remaining in the second quarter, Barnes laid a vicious hit on Cal tailback Jahvid Best to break up a pass from Kevin Riley … Near the end of the third quarter, Riley completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Michael Calvin, who was stopped at the Maryland 31-yard line by Barnes … Midway through the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-15 from the Maryland 25-yard line, Barnes broke up a pass from Riley to receiver LaReylle Cunningham but, on the next play, Barnes was flagged for a 15-yard pass interference penalty when he tried to break up Riley's pass to tight end Tad Smith, giving the Golden Bears a first down at the Maryland 10-yard line.

Eastern Michigan … Barnes posted six tackles (4 solos) in Maryland's 51-24 victory over Eastern Michigan … "They had a few good plays that took us out of rhythm but I think, over all, we were just thinking too much and expecting too many little plays. We pretty much practiced every play that they did; we just didn't go out there and play our style," said Barnes of the Maryland defense's subpar performance … Midway through the first quarter, EMU quarterback Kyle McMahon completed a 30-yard pass to wide receiver Jacory Stone, who was stopped at the Maryland 5-yard line by Barnes … Just before the end of the first quarter, Barnes stopped Stone for no gain on a pass reception from McMahon … Midway through the third quarter, on 3rd-&-16 from the Maryland 17-yard line, Barnes limited receiver Dontayo Gage to 11 yards on a reception from McMahon, forcing EMU to settle for a 23-yard field goal … Early in the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-8 from the Maryland 44-yard line, Barnes limited tight end John Bonner to 7 yards on a reception from McMahon, setting up a 4th-&-1 play.

Clemson … The Maryland cornerback posted just one tackle in the Terrapins' 20-17 road win over the Clemson Tigers … Barnes' sole tackle occurred near the end of the first quarter, when the cornerback dragged down Clemson wide receiver Aaron Kelly, who gained 24 yards to the Maryland 37-yard line after hauling in a pass from quarterback Cullen Harper.

Virginia … Barnes recorded three tackles (2 solos), two pass break-ups, and one blocked field goal in Maryland's ugly 31-0 loss to Virginia, which snapped the Terrapins' three-game win streak … Early in the first quarter, on 3rd-&-1 from the Virginia 42-yard line, Cavalier tailback Cedric Peerman was able to pick up 1 yard and a first down before being tackled by Barnes … Just before the end of the first quarter, Virginia quarterback Marc Verica had a pass intended for wide receiver Kevin Ogletree deflected by Barnes … The Maryland cornerback tackled Virginia's Vic Hall for no gain on a punt return at the 1:19 mark in the third quarter. On the first play of the subsequent drive, Barnes broke up another pass from Verica to Ogletree … Early in the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-4 from the Maryland 29-yard line, Barnes broke up a pass from Verica to wide receiver Cary Koch but the cornerback was penalized 4 yards for pass interference, giving the Cavalier offense a first down at the Maryland 25-yard line. Later in the drive, Barnes came hard off the edge to block Virginia kicker Yannick Reyering's 38-yard field-goal attempt, the first blocked field goal of Barnes' career.

Wake Forest … Barnes posted one solo tackle and a forced fumble in Maryland's stunning 26-0 shutout victory over No. 21 Wake Forest … With 6:40 remaining in the second quarter, on 3rd-&-7 from the Wake Forest 23-yard line, Demon Deacon quarterback Riley Skinner completed a short pass to wide receiver D.J. Boldin, who was stripped of the ball by Barnes but was able to recover it at the Wake Forest 33-yard line for a first down.

North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, Boston College, and Nevada (Humanitarian Bowl) … Barnes missed the last six games of the season due to a season-ending shoulder injury that he suffered in the Wake Forest game.

2007 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team choice by The NFL Draft Report … Took over strong-side cornerback duties, starting all thirteen games … Collected a career-high 65 tackles (47 solos), including fifteen hits on third- or fourth-down snaps … Had 5.5 stops for losses of 18 yards … Deflected nine passes and intercepted four others for 55 yards in returns (13.8 avg) … His five pass thefts were the most by a Terrapins defender since Dominique Foxworth had five in 2002 … Also excelled on special teams, delivering ten tackles (8 solos) for that unit.

2007 Game Analysis

In the Villanova game, Barnes grabbed his first career interception and returned it 28 yards, as he also recorded four tackles for a defense that held the Wildcats to 28 total yards in the second half … Snagged an interception for the second consecutive week … returned the pick 21 yards to set up a Lance Ball touchdown run and seal the win vs. Florida International … Picked off a Riley Skinner pass in the fourth quarter and returned it six yards, as he also posted five tackles, including four solo and had one stop for a loss of one yard vs. Wake Forest … Produced four total tackles (3 solo) and broke up a career-high three Mike Teel passes in the upset of the 10th-ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights … Led the Terps with a career-high eight solo tackles vs. Georgia Tech, as he had a career-best ten tackles, including one for a loss and also broke up two passes … Led all defensive backs with eight tackles, including six solo stops and also broke up one pass vs. Virginia … Had nine stops, including six solo vs. Clemson and made six tackles (5 solo), as Barnes intercepted a pass on a deep throw from T.J. Yates on Carolina's first drive vs. North Carolina … Registered seven tackles vs. Boston College and delivered three solo hits, including one for a loss of eight yards vs. Florida State … Added two tackles and two pass break-ups vs. North Carolina State … Produced two tackles with a stop for a 2-yard loss vs. Oregon State in the Emerald Bowl.

2006 Season

Played in all thirteen games as a reserve boundary cornerback, earning his first career start vs. Florida International … Recorded eleven tackles (9 solos), including a season-high three hits vs. Georgia Tech … Added three solo tackles vs. Virginia and two stops in the North Carolina State clash.

2005 Season

The reserve field cornerback played mostly on special teams in ten games, coming up with four solo tackles and one pass deflection … Knocked down tailback James Davis for his first career tackle in the first quarter and finished the Clemson game with a season-best two tackles (both solo) and a pass break-up.

2004 Season

Red-shirted as a freshman … Named defensive scout team player of the week for his work leading up to the North Carolina State and Virginia Tech games.

Injury Report

2008-Missed the final six games after suffering a left shoulder fractured collarbone, torn labrum and rotator cuff damage vs. Wake Forest (10/18).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.45 in the 40-yard dash … 1.50 10-yard dash … 2.55 20-yard dash … 41-inch vertical jump.

Combine: 4.45 in the 40-yard dash … 1.49 10-yard dash … 2.56 20-yard dash … 3.96 20-yard shuttle … 6.72 three-cone drill … 38.5-inch vertical jump … 10'8" broad jump.

High School

Attended Old Mill (Glen Burnia, Mary.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Marcus … Two-year starter during his three-year football career … The cornerback and wide receiver was named Big School All-State by the Associated Press, All-Metro first-team by the Baltimore Sun and honorable mention All-Metro by The Washington Post … Mid-Atlantic All-Region pick by Super Prep and All-Region selection by Prep Star … Added second-team Big School All-State (AP), honorable mention All-Met (Baltimore Sun) and All-County accolades as a junior … Posted 62 tackles (32 solos), three interceptions, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery as a senior … Also had 17 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns in 2003, as well as one rushing touchdown … Added nine interceptions and 129 tackles in his two years as a starter … Collected 10 receptions for 222 yards and four touchdowns as a junior … Also competed in track and basketball … Captured the state Class 4A high jump with a leap of 6'6" in his first year competing as a junior.

Personal

Graduated in December, 2008, with a degree in Sociology … Son of Debra and Kenneth Hilliard … Born 9/15/86 … Resides in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

 
Latest News
04/27/2009 - The Redskins had bigger needs, linebacker and offensive tackle, at No. 80, but they still grabbed Maryland cornerback Kevin Barnes. The Redskins like their corners to play physical and the 6-foot, 187-pound Barnes is that, having caused Cal star Jahvid Best to vomit on one hit last year and forcing a fumble on another against Wake Forest that gave the cornerback a season-ending fractured shoulder blade. With Carlos Rogers in the final year of his contract, third corner Fred Smoot on the downside and 2008 rookie J.T. Tryon a horror show last preseason, Barnes could be a starter by 2010 if all goes well for him.

04/27/2009 - A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 3/80 -- Kevin Barnes, CB, 6-0, 187, Maryland...Barnes only started 21 games during four years for the Terps, but he showed enough to become a third-round pick. A state high jump champion in high school, Barnes has the size to cover big receivers and good enough speed (4.45) to cover the smaller wideouts.

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