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Anthony Barr | Linebacker

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: UCLA
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Vikings signed No. 9 overall pick DE/SLB Anthony Barr to a four-year contract.
The deal includes a fifth-year club option for 2018. Barr has only two years of experience on defense after converting over from running back. He's viewed by most as a classic boom-or-bust prospect. In Minnesota, Barr is expected to play a Von Miller-like role for coach Mike Zimmer. He'll play strong-side linebacker on early downs before rushing the quarterbacks in sub-packages. May 20 - 10:40 AM

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer indicated No. 9 pick Anthony Barr will be used in a Von Miller-like role, playing strong-side linebacker on early downs and rushing the quarterback in nickel packages.

He'll be a Sam 'backer in Zimmer's base defense, though we'd be surprised if Barr played any less than 55-65 percent of his rookie-year snaps as an on-the-line pass rusher. In Zimmer's "sub," the Vikings could align Barr and Brian Robison on the ends, with Everson Griffen and Sharrif Floyd rushing from the interior. Barr wasn't a draftnik favorite, but he gives Zimmer a lot of options.
May 11 - 5:33 PM

Vikings selected UCLA DE Anthony Barr with the No. 9 overall pick in the 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 'backer. 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 likely play Sam 'backer on early downs and supplement Mike Zimmer's nickel package as the No. 3 rush end behind Brian Robison and Everson Griffen.
May 8 - 9:10 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports a "name to watch" for the Lions if they remain at No. 10 is UCLA OLB/DE Anthony Barr.

The Lions are widely rumored to be looking to trade up, but coach Jim Caldwell said in March the team was looking for a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Barr would certainly fit the bill.
May 8 - 6:15 PM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reported Thursday UCLA OLB/DE Anthony Barr is "one of a handful of defensive players" the Vikings "have targeted" in the first round.

Minnesota is short on edge rushers behind Everson Griffen and Brian Robison, and new coach Mike Zimmer has a history of coaching up freakish athletes like Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson into productive all-around ends. Barr would fit that mold. We wouldn't expect Barr to be on the Vikings' radar at No. 8 overall, but it's possible they could target him following a small trade back.
May 8 - 3:36 PM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website hints the team is high on UCLA OLB Anthony Barr.

Broaddus ranked his top 50 prospects recently, and Barr checked in at the No. 6 spot. Those obviously aren't the Cowboys' rankings, but Broaddus thinks it would be "wise" of Dallas to take the Bruin at No. 16 overall and wouldn't move out of the spot if Barr were to be available. The Cowboys would easily field the worst front-seven in football if the season were to start today. Using their top pick on a pass rusher would be ideal, though Barr is a dark horse to go in the top ten.
May 6 - 12:55 PM

After studying UCLA OLB Anthony Barr's game tape, NFL Films' Greg Cosell likened Barr's skills to Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo's, and believes Barr will play a role similar to Mingo's as a rookie.

The sixth overall pick in last year's draft, Mingo played just under 60 percent of Cleveland's defensive snaps as a rookie. "When you watch him on film, he's a very unrefined player," Cosell said of Barr. "He's a pass rusher in sub-packages until he matures physically and mentally." Cosell believes Barr must improve his pass-rush repertoire, but offers "a lot to work with" in the way of short-area explosion, ideal length, and straight-line speed. Although Barr has become something of a whipping boy among draftniks, we wouldn't be surprised if -- also like Mingo -- he were selected with a top-ten pick.
Apr 17 - 11:05 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the team is looking for a pass-rushing outside linebacker and may address the position via the draft.

If Detroit chooses to spend an early pick on an edge-rushing OLB, UCLA's Anthony Barr may be the choice. The Lions have devoted a lot of scouting hours to Barr, and GM Martin Meyhew met with Barr before his Pro Day earlier this month. Barr began his college career as an offensive player, but recorded 23.5 sacks in only two years after switching to linebacker.
Mar 29 - 11:31 AM

UCLA OLB Anthony Barr clocked forty times of 4.66 and 4.63 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

His "official" forty was later announced at 4.66. They're very good forty times for a 6-foot-5, 255-pound edge presence. Barr also has plus arm length at 33 1/2 inches. Barr is not quite as flexible or NFL ready as Buffalo's Khalil Mack, but both players have a shot to be top-ten overall picks. Barr belongs in a 3-4, rushing the passer from a two-point stance.
Feb 24 - 2:01 PM

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