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Deion Barnes | Defensive End

Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/20/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255

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Penn State redshirt junior DE Deion Barnes will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.
"I talked with my family and we believe it’s best for me to move forward and forgo my fifth year," Barnes said in a statement released by Penn State on Tuesday. The former Big Ten Freshman Of The Year had six sacks this season. He ends his career with 98 tackles and 14 sacks. This is the second unexpected early-entry announcement of Penn State's post-bowl honeymoon, following OT Donovan Smith's declaration. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Barnes has impressive physical tools, though his consistency wavered in Happy Valley. He has some work to do at the combine. If his combine testing numbers blow away evaluators, Smith's stock could take on helium. Wed, Dec 31, 2014 12:01:00 AM

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CBS Sports Dane Brugler believes that "scouts need to see development" from Penn State redshirt junior DE Deion Barnes for him "to be the highly touted pro prospect."

"He did show improved football awareness with accurate reads to recognize what the offense was doing and react accordingly. NFL teams draft traits, skills and potential over college production, but scouts need to see development, which usually means improved stats, for Barnes to be the highly touted pro prospect that many thought he could be after his freshman season," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 255 pound DE earned Freshman All-American honors in 2012, however as a sophomore, Barnes failed to excel managing only 28 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in 10 starts. Moving forward, Barnes will need to be productive in his junior year to improve his draft stock.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Penn State beat writer Bob Flounders believes redshirt sophomore pass rusher Deion Barnes could be the school's X-factor this season.

Barnes tallied 10 tackles for loss, including six sacks and three forced fumbles in 2012. "He is the key to PSU's pass rush and he also has a knack for forcing opponents to turn the ball over," Flounders writes. The team's defense is quite young, but Barnes has a chance to grow along with it.
Source: Penn Live
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 01:02:00 PM