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Oakland Raiders draft watch comparison: Anthony Barr vs Khalil Mack

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Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Measurables: 6-4, 245 lbs

40-YD Dash: 4.49

Stats:

2013: 10 Sacks, 63 Tackles, 20 Tackles for Loss

2012: 13.5 Sacks (2nd nationally), 83 Tackles, 21.5 Tackles For Loss (4th nationally)

Awards:

2013: First-Team All-American, First-Team All-PAC-12, Lott Impact Trophy, Butkus Award Semifinalist

2012: Second-Team All-American, First-Team All-PAC-12, PAC-12 Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Barr 2013 Highlights ᴴᴰ (via ASPSportsHD)

Analysis:

Next to Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Barr is the most physically gifted football player in the 2014 NFL Draft. Barr, who was originally a Running Back for UCLA switched to Outside Linebacker in 2012 where he has been First-Team All-American since. Barr has received comparisons to Clay Matthews, Demarcus Ware and Von Miller.

He is an extremely effective pass-rusher and has racked up more than 10 sacks each of the last two years. Barr has impressive acceleration and closing speed allowing him to be versatile in schemes. Barr has very impressive lateral movement and can chase down the fastest Running Backs. He needs to work on open-field tackling as he often arm tackles. Barr also must improve in snap anticipation but that should come with experience.

Both Barr's biggest weakness and strength is his experience. Barr has only played the position for two years and relies on his athleticism too often. That being said, look at Barr's stats, he has only played two years and he is putting up those numbers! His potential is through the roof. With the help of Dennis Allen (coached Von Miller), Barr could potentially become the best Outside Linebacker in the NFL.

Anthony Barr Junior Season Highlights (via John Doe)

Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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Measurables: 6-3, 248 lbs

40-YD Dash: 4.65

Stats:

2013: 10.5 Sacks, 94 Tackles, 19 Tackles For Loss, 3 INT

2012: 8 Sacks, 100 Tackles, 21 Tackles For Loss (4th nationally), 4 FF (8th nationally)

Awards:

2013: First-team All-American, First-Team All-MAC, Jack Lambert Award, Butkus Award Finalist

2012: Honorable Mention All-American, First-Team All-MAC

Records: Most Career Forced Fumbles in NCAA History, 75 Career Tackles for Loss Tied NCAA Record, 28.5 Career Sacks rank 25th in NCAA History

Buffalo Bulls vs Ohio State Buckeyes: Khalil Mack Highlights (via UBSID)

Analysis:

Khalil Mack is the NCAA record holder in Career Forced Fumbles and Career Tackles for Loss. He is one of the most productive players not just in the 2014 NFL Draft, but in NCAA history. Mack was reliable all four years he started at Buffalo and was a consistent playmaker. That being said, his competition at Buffalo in the MAC was not outstanding.

Mack wreaks havoc on offenses with his 6-3, 248 lbs frame. Mack shows smooth lateral movements and quick hips. He is very good against both the pass and run. Mack has great instincts which help make up for his speed. Mack's biggest weakness is his pass coverage where he needs to be faster in his drop steps.

Khalil Mack Highlights (via JMissCelts2034536)

Comparison:

Khalil Mack right now is a better Outside Linebacker hands down. That being said, I think Mack has reached his potential while Barr's ceiling is sky-high. If Reggie McKenzie wants a player who is a sure shot to eventually be a top 10 Outside Linebacker in the NFL, then he will take Khalil Mack. But if McKenzie wants to roll his dice and take a chance with Anthony Barr, he could potentially end up with the best Outside Linebacker in the NFL.

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