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05/12/14 - Vikings gamble on upside of Barr, Bridgewater...Barr, who was converted from fullback to linebacker just two years ago, projects as the starting strong-side linebacker and special weapon for head coach Mike Zimmer, the defensive mastermind who is transforming Leslie Frazier's reactionary Cover 2-based scheme into an aggressive pressure defense. "He's like a fawn learning all these things," said Zimmer, referring to the fact Barr has played only two years of linebacker after switching from running back. "I've never had a linebacker that has the size and the speed and all the things this guy has." That's saying something considering Zimmer consistently coached top-10 defenses in 14 seasons as an NFL defensive coordinator in Dallas, Atlanta and Cincinnati.
Spielman compared Barr to former Dolphin defensive end Jason Taylor, a potential future Hall of Famer. Director of College Scouting Scott Studwell compared him to former Vikings defensive end Chris Doleman, a Hall of Famer. And Zimmer compared Barr's role in the Vikings' defense to how Denver uses Von Miller, the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. "The strong-side linebacker is a pressure position in our defense," Zimmer said. "But he also can cover."
Barr satisfied the Vikings on game film. And he absolutely blew them away during his pro day, running a 4.47 and posting a better three-cone agility time than any of the cornerbacks at the Scouting Combine, according to Spielman. "He can rush the passer, but with his speed, we won't have any trouble covering down the seam either," Spielman said. "He can turn his hips and move. And at his size, it makes it harder for the quarterback to fit the ball down the seam." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Vikings gamble on upside of Barr, Bridgewater...In the end, the Minnesota Vikings didn't have to choose between help for the league's worst scoring defense and a potential future franchise quarterback in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft. They got both, thanks to general manager Rick Spielman trading back into the first round for the third consecutive year. With UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr at No. 9 and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater at No. 32, Spielman has now taken seven first-rounders since assuming final say over personnel in 2012. "It was a great day for the Minnesota Vikings," Spielman said.
The day started with the Vikings so set on Barr that they were willing to trade down one spot with Cleveland, which took Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 8. After stockpiling an extra fifth-round pick from the Browns, the Vikings grabbed Barr, a raw 6-foot-5, 255-pounder with an unusually high ceiling, according to the Vikings. "You can't coach what this guy has," Spielman said. "This is the same conversation we had last year with Cordarrelle Patterson. He has a very high ceiling." Patterson, the receiver/returner whom the Vikings traded back into the first round to grab last year, became an All-Pro and record-setting kick returner and a promising receiver as a rookie. As for Barr, the Vikings envision even more of a role for a defense that ranked last in the league in points allowed last season. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 1/9 - Anthony Barr, OLB, 6-5, 255, UCLA...The Vikings traded down a spot with Cleveland, collecting a fifth-round pick, before addressing the league's worst scoring defense. Barr will start at strong-side linebacker, but also gives new coach Mike Zimmer a highly versatile edge rusher who's raw but has a high ceiling because of elite physical tools. He'll help offset the loss of Jared Allen, even though he'll play linebacker primarily. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 11/2. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA, 6-5, 255, 4.56, 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 with obvious athletic ability and some pass rush skills, but he is a no sale here. If Barr doesn't win foot-race with initial burst he appears all-to-easy to block and lacks NFL caliber tenacity and toughness. His fluid athleticism and speed are seductive, but Barr does not show innate read-and-react skills. In summary, great athlete who rarely shows effort to disengage blockers, is missing the ferocity of a top level defender and may not be effective in space. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/14 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Tennessee Titans...OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA: The Titans have addressed most of their major holes in free agency, allowing them to go best available in round one. Barr, though he is still raw, could give Tennessee its first home-grown difference-making edge pass rusher since Jevon Kearse. The game is about quarterbacks and pass rush, and with the Titans now using a revamped 3-4, they need a centerpiece pass rusher to make it work. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange