Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
6'5", 255 lbs
40-YD Dash: 4.44
2013: 10 Sacks, 63 Tackles, 20 Tackles for Loss
2012: 13.5 Sacks (2nd nationally), 83 Tackles, 21.5 Tackles For Loss (4th nationally)
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
Next to Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Barr is the most physically gifted football player in the 2014 NFL Draft. Barr, who was originally a runningnack for UCLA switched to outside linebacker in 2012 where he has been a First-Team All-American ever 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 runningbacks. He needs to work on open-field tackling as he often arm tackles. Barr also must improve his 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 he 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.
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