TSV Scouting Department

Anthony Barr

Report Prepared By John Harris

Breakdown:

#11
Class: Senior
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 255 lbs.
School: UCLA
Bio:
  • Rotary Lombardi Award Finalist (2013)
  • Consensus All-American (2013)
  • Second-team All-American (2012)
  • First-team All-Pac 12 (2012, 2013)
  • 2013 Stats:  66 tackles, 10 sacks, 20 TFL and 6 forced fumbles

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 4.66 seconds
  • Bench Press - 15 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 34.5"
  • Broad Jump - 9'11"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 6.82 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.19 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 33 1/2"
  • Hand size - 9 3/8"

Pros

  • In sprinter's stance, his first step is blazing fast
  • Clearly, athleticism is evident
  • Smooth change of direction, speed, the whole package
  • Excellent run/pass read when removed from the box vs. twins or trips
  • On inside T-E twist, he's so quick G can't react.
  • Showed positional versatility, lined up at ILB on delay blitz and drilled QB
  • USC slid blocking scheme away from him in 2nd half; he evaded RB and then QB, twice
  • Spin move is lethal

Cons

  • Not violent at the point of attack against the run
  • Doesn't disengage on contact - stays on blocks too long
  • Straight up, feet square, teams can drive him off the ball
  • Pass coverage/route recognition and understanding needs work, lost in coverage
  • Showed little ability to get to the quarterback - no pass rush moves at all - faced TE and T at times though

Film Room

TSV videos provided by Draft Breakdown

0:36 shows that he can play in space and adjust to run game inside
1:32 speed off the edge is obscene, gets to RB in the backfield, speed is what allows him to stand out
2:40 THIS is why NFL teams will love him - spins inside, stymied, spins back to keep contain - no other OLB has that athleticism
7:54 gets hooked by tight end, opening up huge running lane on game winning Stanford drive

TSV videos provided by Draft Breakdown

1:30 Much better job getting off of block and impacting perimeter run play
2:25 This is the exact opposite of the first spotlight play in which he can't disengage…with a tight end
8:23 Lines up at ILB again and runs unabated to the QB
8:53 See previous spotlight play, part 2 (USC doesn't make an adjustment)

Report

There's as much hype about Barr as an edge pass rusher as anyone not named Jadeveon Clowney, but these spotlight videos show he still has plenty of work to do to become a complete edge player.  That said, the speed, the burst, the closing ability, the fluidity and the athleticism are ALL evident.  As a senior in 2013, he created mayhem in bunches.  He'd have games in which he couldn't be blocked and then another contest in which he completely disappeared.  Against Arizona in 2013, he didn't register one stat.  Not one tackle.  Not one sack.  No real impact at all.  That's my biggest worry...that he dominated competition with his speed and athleticism for so long that he'll struggle making the adjustment as a football player.
 
Case in point, against Stanford in 2012, his only sack/hurry in the game came when he twisted inside on T-E stunt.  Stanford OT David Yankey did solid job on him.  Barr played exclusively on the right side, forcing him to both play in space and fight against jumbo sets.

Against USC in 2012, UCLA allowed USC back in the game after leading 24-7, but as the game got tight in the fourth quarter, UCLA unleashed Barr on the Trojan offense.  UCLA moved Barr around, putting him at a pseudo inside linebacker position.  Then, it let him find the fastest path to the quarterback.  He didn't do much from the perimeter, but when he moved inside and freelanced a bit, he became an animal.  It's crystal clear that he's one of the most impressive athletes in this draft class, but his perimeter game needs work.  He can't win with pure speed on every rush and he must prove he can use his hands better to get off blocks.  Yet, when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter, Barr was involved in nearly every big play rushing former USC star QB Matt Barkley.
 
Barr will have everybody eating out of the palm of his hand with the Underwear Olympics about to unfold over the next few months.  But, Barr, the football player, has plenty of work to do to make the transition to the next level.