Anthony Barr exploded on to many of the NFL scout's radars after an absolutely stellar Junior Season. Barr had 83 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss 13.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. What makes this even more amazing is the fact that it was Barr's first year ever playing OLB. Barr started his career as a running back for the first two seasons at UCLA. Barr followed up his terrific junior year with a solid senior season (66 tackles, 20 TFL, 10 sacks, 6 FF) and now Barr is a potential top 10 pick in this year's upcoming draft.
Strengths: The first aspect of Barr's game that you notice when you put on his tape is how athletic he is. Barr is able to change direction with relative ease, and has excellent lateral movement that makes it tough on blockers to get their hands on him. When Barr rushes the quarterback his uses his speed and strength to get to his target, and when he does he has a knack for attacking the QBs throwing arm which would explain why he has forced 10 fumbles in just two seasons. Barr is relentless in pursuit and has a motor that just doesn't stop which is something you cant teach.
Weaknesses: Since he has only played two seasons at OLB is comes to no surprise that his instincts are not up to par yet. Barr looked completely lost when facing the read option. While Barr did show improvement in his run defense in his senior season it's still not exactly where it needs to be. Teams were able to run on his side effectively at times. When Barr did rush the passer he didn't show any pass rush moves he is going to need to develop some to truly hit his potential. He will also need to gain strength to help him get of blocks at the next level.
Is He a Fit?
Barr is the perfect fit for the Jets and would fill a huge hole for the defense. Since Rex Ryan has coached the team he has never had that player that provides consistent pass rush off the edge. Ryan has always had to generate a pass rush from a variety of blitzes. Barr could have an immediate impact in that regard. If Barr were to fall to the Jets I don't think there would be any hesitation as to who the selection would be.check out JetsTerminal.sportsblog.com for reports on more prospects.