According to a report from Ross Jones of FOX Sports, UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr is scheduled to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles for a pre-draft visit. The Eagles are just one of many teams that Barr will meet with. Barr is widely considered to be one of the best linebacker prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft. He's arguably the third best pass rusher behind Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack.
Barr, 22, measures in at 6-5, 255 lbs. He certainly has the size that the Eagles covet. He has no shortage of athleticism either. Barr began career at UCLA as an offense player. He then converted from running back to linebacker as a junior in 2012. During two years at his new position, Barr racked up 149 total tackles, 41.5 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, 6 passes defensed, and 10 forced fumbles.
I have a hard time imagining Barr will be available for the Eagles at No. 22. Others aren't so high on him. Here's a scouting reporting via BGN's Mike Kaye:
Barr is a gifted athlete from an NFL family that features his father, Tony Brooks, who was a fullback and a fourth round pick of the Eagles in 1992. He also had three uncles that played in the NFL. Barr has exceptional speed for his size and has fluid hips that make him a rarity at his size when it comes to changing direction. He has solid recovery speed and takes on blocks well. He shows good pursuit and causes a lot of double teams, which benefits his teammates. He tackles well and is relentless with the pass rush. He was used in coverage and understands how to maneuver against running backs and slot receivers.
Barr is still learning how to play the outside linebacker position. He relies heavily on his athleticism but will have to learn technique to be effective at the next level. He seems to lack strength and can be blocked out of the run game. He is a bit hesitant in coverage which causes late reactions to routes.
Barr is similar to Dion Jordan when it comes to versatility and athleticism, as well as lack of experience at his position. If the Eagles were willing to take Jordan at No. 4 in last year's draft, they will certainly be interested in Barr at the No. 22 pick this May. The Eagles have the option of using Barr as a rotational pass rusher with Trent Cole sticking around for another year. This makes Barr appealing from a developmental standpoint, as they could use him on situational plays and teach him how to be a full-time linebacker at the next level. He would be an exciting added for a team that is looking for play-makers.
Here's a look at Barr's spider graph.
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