Nation I am a die hard UCLA and Raider fan and have seen all the games for both teams and follow them both very closely. I visit both blogs about 3 times an hour but mostly read I don't post or comment too much. This is my first Fanpost as well, but I feel I had to write on Anthony Barr. I have seen a lot of comments on passing on Anthony Barr for Donald. I think Mack is going to be gone by the time we pick. Mack is the best defensive player in the draft. However, Barr is going to be an impact player in the NFL and have no problem picking him up at the 5th spot.
First Barr is athletic as hell, he has the size and speed to be a great OLB. At the combine he measured in 6'5 255 and at his pro day he improved his 40 time by running a 4.44 40 time. He improved his bench by 4 reps. So he has the athleticism you want in your backer. (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000332986/article/anthony-barr-likely-solidified-top10-status-with-pro-day-40-time)
Next he has the production you want to see. He had 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss as a junior. He snuck up on people his first year at the position. In his Senior year, as a know commodity he added 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles. He faced the same problem Clowney did, in being doubled and tripled team every play and still manage to put up his numbers. Defenders of Clowney have been using that as an excuse but in Barr's case it didn’t stop him.
We would be getting a guy who just loves football. Barr learned OLB with a broken hand all fall camp in 2012 wearing a cast the entire time and he was still out there competing. He plays through injury and is durable. The Raiders need guys on the team who love football and winning and he's all about that. Plus he has a nasty streak you can't teach. In his Junior year he knocked three quarterbacks out the game through injury all legal textbook hits. He injured the Rice QB, Arizona QB Matt Scott and USC QB Matt Barkley.
The guy just has a high motor and does not give up on the play he's constantly tracking down RB's and TE's. His flaw is technique in hand placement when rushing the passer, that is definitely correctable with coaching. He also needed to work on his coverage ability his Senior year and did that. He came back last year and covered TE's well and RB's coming out of the backfield.
So overall I think a lot of my fellow Raiders are missing the boat on Barr. I think he's going to team up well with Sio Moore on opposite ends. He has a nose for the ball and a great competitor. He will also make us more versatile in our Multiple set defense because he can put his hand in the dirt and get to the QB.