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Anthony Barr | Linebacker

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: UCLA
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Vikings placed rookie LB Anthony Barr (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.
LB Josh Kaddu was signed in a corresponding move. The ninth overall pick in last May's draft, Barr was a standout player in his rookie season. He racked up 70 tackles and four sacks across 12 starts, and had perhaps the play of the Vikings' season when he stripped fellow rookie Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the first play of overtime Week 8 and returned the fumble all the way for the game-winning score. Sat, Dec 27, 2014 09:52:00 AM

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Vikings SLB Anthony Barr underwent knee surgery on Friday and is done for the season.

We suspect it's a routine scope, and Barr will be healthy well in advance of the offseason conditioning program. The ninth overall pick in last May's draft, Barr had an excellent rookie season, piling up 70 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles across 12 games. Pro Football Focus gave Barr strong marks for both his pass rush and run defense. Turning 23 in March, Barr has a bright future as a versatile edge presence in Mike Zimmer's defense.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 02:09:00 PM

Vikings SLB Anthony Barr (knee) is inactive for Week 14 against the Jets.

Barr was listed as doubtful, so he was fully expected to be held out. He'll be replaced by Gerald Hodges on the strong side. The rest of the Vikings inactives are OG David Yankey, DE Scott Crichton, OT J'Marcus Webb, CB Jabari Price, FB Zach Line, and LB Brandon Watts.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:37:00 AM

Vikings rookie SLB Anthony Barr (knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 14 against the Jets.

Barr missed every practice this week and is not expected to play. Gerald Hodges will see more snaps with Barr sidelined. Barr had been dealing with a knee issue for several weeks before aggravating the injury Week 13 against the Panthers. Barr reportedly suffered no structural damage, but the Vikings will likely be cautious with their emerging star.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 09:15:00 AM

Vikings LB Anthony Barr left Sunday's Week 13 win over the Panthers with a knee injury and did not return.

Barr had been battling a knee injury for a few weeks now. The severity of this one is unknown. The No. 9 overall pick was replaced by Gerald Hodges in the lineup.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 08:42:00 PM

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.
Tue, May 20, 2014 10:40:00 AM

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.
Sun, May 11, 2014 05:33:00 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.
Thu, May 8, 2014 09:10:00 PM'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.
Thu, May 8, 2014 06:15:00 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.
Thu, May 8, 2014 03:36:00 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.
Tue, May 6, 2014 12:55:00 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.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 11:05:00 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.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 11:31:00 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.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 02:01:00 PM