Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 2/46 -- Connor Barwin, DE, 6-4, 256, Cincinnati...He was arguably one of the most versatile athletes in the draft. He played both offensive (tight end) and defensive for the Bearcats, recording 12 sacks and 17 tackles for losses as a senior. He wowed scouts at the Combine, managing a 40 1/2-inch vertical leap and running the 40 in 4.59 seconds. He will play with his hand down as a quarterback-dogging defensive end, probably backing up Mario Williams. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Connor Barwin News
07/29/17 - OLB Connor Barwin is ecstatic about hooking back up with new Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who coached him in Houston for three seasons. Barwin played last season as a defensive end in the 4-3 scheme in Philadelphia, but is back at outside linebacker in Phillips' 3-4. He also believes Phillips is a great fit for a young, talented Rams defense.
"Wade is really going to really make sure, like I said, people are improving," he said. "Wade, as I am sure you guys are starting to learn - Wade wants to make sure that everyone knows exactly what they are doing. Wade doesn't allow people to make mistakes and he will become very frustrated with you if you do not learn that through training camp, which I learned and everyone is going to learn.
"People saw that during OTAs and minicamp, but when you are here now this is the big show and if you are continuing to make the same mistakes here, that is the kind of player that you are going to be this season. So you need to show that you can continue to learn and improve. Wade has been around for a long time, obviously. He knows what camp is like and part of that is having fun and getting to know the guys better as well."
04/01/17 - OLB Connor Barwin was a second-wave free agency addition to the Rams, but brings with him a level of production that should fit perfectly with new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Barwin has been a productive player at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but slumped last year when move to defensive end in a 4-3.
That, coupled with the Eagles' need to free up money to help add weapons and protection to young quarterback Carson Wentz led to Barwin being cut loose. Barwin had 26.5 sacks from 2013-15 with the Eagles in the 3-5 but only five playing in the 4-3 last season. He is especially looking forward to reuniting with Phillips, who coached him two seasons in Houston. "Wade did a lot for me in the two years I was with Houston," Barwin said. "He taught me so much about being a pro, enjoying being around the game every single day and he really elevated my game as a pass rusher."
03/09/17 - DE Connor Barwin was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Barwin came to Philadelphia as an outside linebacker in 2013, signing a six-year, $36 million deal as an unrestricted free agent. Playing left outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, Barwin recorded a career-best 14.5 sacks with 64 total tackles in 2014. Barwin started all 64 regular-season games in his four years with the Eagles and leaves Philadelphia tied for 13th in team history with 31.5 sacks.
12/14/15 - OLB Connor Barwin continues to be an iron man. He played all but four defensive snaps Sunday. His nearly 900 snaps are more than any other 3-4 outside linebacker in the league.
11/18/15 - OLB Connor Barwin (quad) didn't practice Wednesday, but was jogging and is expected to play Sunday.