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The Seahawks will meet with UCLA LB Jordan Zumwalt on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Zumwalt is big -- with a frame to get bigger -- and can generate momentum in a straight line. Nobody will question his motor or desire, but they will question his range and agility. Zumwalt will have to add strength, clean up his technique, and play under control more often, but you're hearing more about him because NFL staffs are obviously seeing clay to mold. CBS Sports projects him to go between Rds. 3-4.
Apr 15 - 6:19 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

Atlanta Falcons have worked out UCLA LB Jordan Zumwalt and WR Shaq Evans.

Zumwalt had the opportunity to play under Atlanta Falcons' Head Coach Mike Smith at the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-4, 230 pound Zumwalt got a chance to impress the Falcons coaching staff while they coached the North team. The 6-foot-1, 213 pound Shaq Evans led the Bruins in receiving the past two seasons and earned All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors the past two years.
Apr 2 - 11:53 PM

UCLA junior OT Simon Goines remains out of spring practice because he is still recovering from knee surgery that ended his 2013 season prematurely.

UCLA coach Jim Mora must be thrilled that the calender doesn't say "September," because his offensive tackle depth chart is ravaged at the moment. In addition to Goines' injury, OT Torian White is no longer on the team. Redshirt freshman Poasi Moala took first-team reps at RT during Tuesdays practice, while the Bruins shifted starting RT Caleb Benenoch to the left side.
Apr 1 - 8:57 PM

UCLA redshirt junior OT Torian White is longer with the program.

We aren't sure whether he left on his own volition or was booted, because his coach is being cryptic. "I can only tell you, by rule, that he's no longer with the program," Jim Mora said. White was arrested and indefinitely suspended in November on suspicion of sexual assault. The case remains under investigation.
Apr 1 - 8:47 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

Josh Rosen, the No. 1 QB and No. 16 overall recruit in the 2015 class, verbally committed to UCLA on Thursday.

Rosen's recruitment began with a strong lean to Stanford, phased into a stage where he flirted with Cal, and then Michigan, and ended up in Los Angeles. "I put UCLA in front a few months ago, but the Michigan visit made me go in depth about why UCLA was the right place for me," Rosen said. "A lot went into the decision and it wasn't made just for football. I'm going to the university where I fit best in all aspects." Rosen is hoping Brett Hundley will leave for the NFL following next season, putting him in a position to compete for the starting gig as a true freshman. He'll graduate high school early and enroll at UCLA in the spring of 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 11:57 PM


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