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Draft Scout Anthony Barr News
04/15/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: Anthony Barr, UCLA, 6-5, 255, 4.66, 1...Former prep running back, whose father Tony Banks was an NFL runner, wanted to play offense and originally lined up as H-back. When coach Jim Mora asked him to try defense in 2012, Barr's world changed. Quiet team leader commands respect with speed and agility that allow him to cover a lot of area. In 2012, his historic, blind-side sack ruined the career of USC QB Matt Barkley. But Barr was unblocked on that one, which won't happen often in NFL. After a surprisingly slow 40 at the combine (4.56-4.66) he stopped watches in 4.41 seconds at his pro day, but his speed was never in doubt.
Frankly: A popular prospect, but all great athletes aren't great prospects for the NFL, where toughness and tenacity are a must. His fluid athleticism and speed are seductive, but Barr lacks innate read-and-react skills, rarely shows effort to disengage blockers and is missing the ferocity of a top level defender. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
03/26/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 2 Pro Day takeaways...Barr. Is. A. Star...Considered an elite athlete by many, UCLA OLB Anthony Barr turned in ho-hum numbers at the combine with a 4.66 40-yard dash and 34.5-inches on the vertical jump. But at the Bruins' on-campus pro day on Tuesday, he ran 4.44 electronic time, according to his head coach at UCLA, Jim Mora. “With Anthony, the ceiling is so high,” Mora told the Orange County Register. “He's only played the position for two years, and they see the talent. Then, he comes out today and runs a 4.45 at 247 pounds and 6-foot-4 ˝. Then he goes and benches 19 times, which is a four-rep improvement from two weeks ago. They understand that there's so much room for growth.”
Barr has above average physical and athletic traits, that much is clear. But the technique and consistency needs to catch up for him to become a complete football player and that's something that will come with more reps. Barr was a running back two years ago and he seemed to discover how to be more successful on defense with each game. It's clear he's not yet a finished product, but his numbers back up what he shows on tape: an outstanding specimen who is learning on the fly. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/22/14 - 2014 Pro Days: According to Mora, OLB Anthony Barr runs 4.44...Asked to rush off the edge in the Bruins' 3-4 scheme, Barr demonstrated remarkable burst off the ball as well as flexibility and lateral agility to turn the corner and close quickly on the quarterback. After racking up 13.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss as a junior, he added 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2013. He earned a cupboard full of awards in the process, including the Lott Impact Trophy, first team Walter Camp All-American and first team All-Pac-12.
Barr doesn't possess quite the freakish athleticism that has helped South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney rise as the top prospect in the 2014 draft class but he's may possess an even higher upside than Buffalo's Khalil Mack, a dynamic athlete in his own right and a more polished all-around linebacker. Despite his impressive size, Barr's relative inexperience on the defensive side of the ball is fairly clear on tape. He prefers to run around blockers rather than engage them and can get knocked off the ball. He flashes rather than dominates in terms of his physicality. As former USC quarterback Matt Barkley found out the hard way, Barr gathers speed quickly and can explode into ball-carriers. Barr ended Barkley's collegiate career with a signature sack during UCLA's 38-28 victory that resulted in a shoulder injury for the Trojans' quarterback. Despite his less-than-ideal physicality, Barr's athleticism potential is staggering and he appeals to proponents of the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes, alike. Barr ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 10 overall prospect and doesn't fall lower than No. 12 overall to the New York Giants in CBSSports.com's collection of mock drafts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/22/14 - 2014 Pro Days: According to Mora, OLB Anthony Barr runs 4.44...UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr showed his remarkable combination of size and athleticism Tuesday, clocking in at 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to former head coach Jim Mora. While 40-yard dash times recorded at Pro Days always should be taken with a grain (or mountain) of perspective, Barr's time carries some weight as Mora specifically mentioned that Barr's time was "electronic." Barr was credited with a 4.66 second time in this event at the Combine, a pretty remarkable achievement in itself considering that he weighed in at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds there.
Mora, who later characterized Barr's 40-yard dash time as a hundredth of a second slower, also noted that Barr improved his bench press from 15 reps in Indianapolis to 19 on Tuesday. “With Anthony, the ceiling is so high,” Mora told the OC Register. “He's only played the position for two years, and they see the talent. Then, he comes out today and runs a 4.45 at 247 pounds and 6-foot-41/2. Then he goes and benches 19 times, which is a four-rep improvement from two weeks ago. They understand that there's so much room for growth.” Best of all, Barr's extraordinary athleticism translates very well to the football field. Barr flashed on the offensive side of the ball over his first two years with the Bruins but exploded onto the national scene when Mora took over and moved him to outside linebacker. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 10. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA, 6-4, 248, 4.48, 1...Former prep running back fancied himself a dynamic Ricky Watters-type and wanted to play offense for Bruins. Originally lined up as H-back, but when coach Jim Mora asked him to try defense in 2012, Barr's future as a pro became immediately obvious. Hard-working team leader has respect of teammates, coaches and even opponents, who cannot ignore his ability to blow up plays all over the field with his speed and agility. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange