Vikings selected UCLA DE Anthony Barr with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Barr (6-foot-4 7/8, 255) played tailback and "pistol f-back" his first two years at UCLA, before Jim Mora converted him to 3-4 outside linebacker. He responded with back-to-back All-American seasons on the strength of 23.5 sacks, 41.5 TFLs, and nine forced fumbles. Despite an ideal blend of length (33 1/2" arms), production, and straight-line speed (4.66), Barr lacks flexibility and physicality. He was also commonly washed out in run defense. Barr is a talented, 22-year-old work in progress with boom-or-bust potential. NFL Films' Greg Cosell has compared him to Barkevious Mingo, though skeptics believe Barr could flop like Aaron Maybin. In Minnesota, he'll supplement Mike Zimmer's nickel package as the No. 3 rush end behind Brian Robison and Everson Griffen. May 8 - 9:12 PM