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Anthony Barr | Linebacker

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235

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NFL Films' Greg Cosell compares UCLA edge player Anthony Barr to Browns' OLB Barkevious Mingo.
The respected evaluator believes Barr will be used similarly to the way Cleveland used the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft. In other words, Cosell believes Barr will be a situation player; Mingo was on the field for less than 60 percent of the Browns' defensive snaps. "When you watch [Barr] on film, he's a very unrefined player," Cosell said. "He's a pass rusher in sub-packages until he matures physically and mentally." Apr 18 - 1:03 AM

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UCLA edge player Anthony Barr fell from No. 8 to No. 15 overall on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's most recent Big Board.

"I didn't drop Barr quite as far as Mr. McShay, but his senior tape is a concern because you have to wonder about his instincts on defense," Kiper wrote. "That said, Barr has been a disruptive pass-rushing force and can still get better given a lack of experience on defense. He has a decent arsenal of moves, using quick feet and hands to free himself, and he's disciplined against the run, pursuing with speed when the play runs away from him. I love the effort, and the athleticism, but as a former fullback, he needs to grow in his awareness." We love Barr's exceptional upfield speed, but the shoddy technique is exacerbated by the lack of power in his hands; without either, counter moves become extremely difficult to execute.
Apr 17 - 11:45 PM

UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr was told by Cowboys' defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli that he could play defensive end on a 4-3 team.

"I spoke with him at length today. He showed me a lot of tape of (Julius) Peppers and Simeon Rice and (Warren) Sapp, so I think he wants me playing that defensive right end position to go after the quarterback, and that's something I'm all for," Barr, who is visiting Dallas, said. For that transition to occur, Barr would have to pack muscle onto his frame, and, perhaps more importantly, be taught how to disengage and use counter moves in close quarters. It doesn't sound like the best idea, as using his speed in space is Barr's primary strength right now. UCLA coach Jim Mora, however, agrees with Marinelli. "For a 3-4 team, he's definitely an outside linebacker," Mora said. "I do think he could weigh 260 pounds and maintain his speed and quickness, to play defensive end for a 4-3 team. He was our right end in nickel. He didn't feel comfortable going down (with a hand in the ground) and just rushed from a two-point (stance). He'll get better at that."
Apr 16 - 4:38 PM

Over the next two weeks, UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr will meet with the Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers, Falcons and Eagles.

Many teams, no doubt blown away by Barr's athleticism and perhaps disappointed by his tape, want a firsthand look at the Bruins' prospect before making a decision. Barr was discussed in the same breath as Jadeveon Clowney for most of the season, but upon closer examination was exposed as being a speed rusher that can be easily misdirected. The question: Is that because of shoddy technique explained away by his defensive inexperience (he started his UCLA career at RB)? Or, as was the case with Aaron Maybin, is he a one-trick pony that blows by slower collegiate tackles and chases down slower NCAA RBs, but can't succeed when his movement is impeded by the sort of massive and agile OTs that the NFL employs? Someone is going to have to pay a big price to find out the answer to that question.
Apr 14 - 6:22 PM

Brian Baldinger admitted to being blown away by UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr's fluidity.

"For playing OLB for two years, when I watch him I am blown away by just how fluid he moves and how smooth he is," Baldinger began. He went on to compare Barr to former Pro Bowler Willie Thomas, albeit "bigger, but even faster and more athletic, but you never see him on the ground." Obviously Baldinger is impressed at Barr's progression despite only playing the position for two years. We are not, specifically regarding Barr's hand use and inability to succeed after his initial line is stopped.
Apr 11 - 11:43 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper said UCLA edge player Anthony Barr "was not what you thought he was" when watching game film.

Kiper begrudgingly conceded that colleague Todd McShay pegged this a few months ago. "The bottom line is he has to get better," Kiper said. "He's got to get more instinctive, learn more about being a defensive football player; looks a little lost out there at times, doesn't play with a defensive mentality, plays like more of an offensive player, which he once was." Kiper now agrees with McShay that Barr shouldn't go before the late first-round as a developmental player in need of coaching.
Apr 8 - 9:15 PM

UCLA edge player Anthony Barr is visiting the Jaguars on Wednesday.

Barr would likely play the LEO role for the Jaguars in Gus Bradley's scheme, which would play to his strengths of burst and closing speed. Barr's skills are coveted, in terms of chasing plays down from the backside and looping to the interior, but he failed to generate counter moves this season once his initial momentum was stopped.
Apr 8 - 12:43 PM

UCLA edge player Anthony Barr is visiting the Titans on Tuesday.

There is a realistic possibility Barr will be available at pick No. 11 for the Titans. The question is, will they bite? The edge rusher entered the season with plenty of buzz but did not elevate his game from a technical standpoint, specifically with counter moves once his initial line is stopped. Still, teams will view him as a high ceiling prospect thanks to his athleticism and lack of experience on the defensive side of the ball.
Apr 8 - 10:12 AM

NFL evaluators either love or hate UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr, according to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah tweeted it is "tough to find" scouts who have middle of the road opinions on the edge rusher. Barr generated plenty of preseason love but failed to build off his first year on the defensive side of the ball. He has great upfield speed and lacks strong hand use to generate a counter move when his initial momentum is stopped.
Apr 3 - 12:11 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay called UCLA edge player Anthony Barr the draft's biggest risk amongst LBs and DBs.

No shock at all considering McShay's public stance against the Bruins' LB this offseason. In his "First Draft" podcast last week, the analyst stated that he would "have a hard time" drafting Barr in the top 25 picks. The analyst dropped Barr from No. 16 to No. 28 overall in late February. Barr "is a speed-rusher who stalls out when attempting to convert speed to power, and there is too much finesse to his game for me to pay a top-15 price for him," McShay wrote. "He looks like he's on skates when he attempts to set the edge."
Mar 31 - 9:47 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell identified a need for a pass-rushing outside linebacker and might look to find one in May's draft.

"We have to see how he fits within our scheme, but obviously, anybody can use a flamethrower, and sometimes you find one here or there," Caldwell said. If the Lions choose to fill this need at No. 10, UCLA's Anthony Barr, whom general manager Martin Mayhew met before his pro day earlier this month, is an obvious fit. Barr has Aaron Maybin-level bust potential that cannot be ignored, but it would be equally silly to deny the star potential inherent to his athletic ability.
Mar 29 - 7:01 PM

The Steelers, Cowboys, Titans and Vikings have meetings scheduled with UCLA edge player Anthony Barr.

Barr met with the Falcons on Saturday. Although the pass-rushing specialist's draft stock has fallen over the past month, he's not backing off his February comments that he should be the No. 1 overall pick. "I'm fully confident in my abilities and what I'm capable of doing, so I fully stand by that," Barr said. "I think I'm the best player available, and with saying that comes a lot of responsibility."
Source: Fox Sports
Mar 29 - 5:48 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay would "have a hard time" drafting UCLA edge player Anthony Barr in the top 25 picks.

It's a jarring opinion to hear about a player talked about as a top-five probable during the season, but it's not at all surprising coming from McShay. The analyst dropped Barr from No. 16 to No. 28 overall in late February. Barr is supremely athletically gifted and collected 23.5 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons, but some question his ability to adapt his game when everyone around him is also an all-pro athlete. Despite his ample gifts, he's a one-trick pass-rushing pony who can get pushed around. "Any team that spends a top 15 pick on Anthony Barr is going to be very disappointed by what it gets," McShay said. He mentioned Aaron Maybin when discussing Barr, which should make the fans of his future team shudder.
Mar 26 - 7:57 PM

The Falcons have scheduled a private workout with UCLA edge player Anthony Barr, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure.

It will take place before the end of the month. Barr now falls behind Khalil Mack and (obviously) Jadeveon Clowney on nearly every board, but don't be surprised if he still lands in the top 10. Barr has a great first step to gain a separation advantage, but he still struggles to consistently generate a counter move with his hands and length. Barr fits with the Falcons movement towards an odd man front.
Source: ESPN
Mar 21 - 9:52 AM

In NFL.com writer Bucky Brooks' "Man vs. Machine" series, a computer projection listed DeMarcus Ware, Dion Jordan and Barkevious Mingo as comparisons for UCLA edge rusher Anthony Barr.

Barr, who began his collegiate career as a running back, collected 23.5 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. UCLA coach Jim Mora compares him to former All-Pro Julian Peterson. "I see the similarities in their physical appearance and games, which is why I've routinely offered up the same comparison when asked about Barr," wrote Brooks. "However, I must admit that I'm intrigued by the computer's suggestion of DeMarcus Ware, because the physical dimensions and athletic measurements are comparable. Of course, Ware is a bit more explosive based on the 40-time and vertical jump, but the closely matched 3-cone time suggests Barr could be a terrific rusher turning the corner off the edge. Given the importance of getting to the quarterback, the ability to 'bend and burst' around the corner could make him a Pro Bowl-caliber playmaker at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 6:59 PM