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Road to the Draft: Anthony Barr

Position: Outside linebacker
School: UCLA.
Measurements: 6-foot-5, 255 pounds.
40 time: 4.66 seconds. Vertical jump: 34.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 11 inches.
2013 stats: 10 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, 5 forced fumbles.
Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Barr languished at running back his first two years at UCLA then switched to defense in 2012. He led the nation in sacks in 2012 with 13.5, and one of his takedowns knocked out Southern Cal QB Matt Barkley with a shoulder injury. His father, Tony Brooks, and three of his uncles all played at Notre Dame and in the NFL. A lot of scouts think he’s best suited to a 3-4 scheme, but his pass-rush ability gives him a chance to be an end in a hybrid scheme, like Buffalo’s Jerry Hughes. Barr’s 40 time was about even with that of Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, but most of his other athleticism numbers weren’t as good. With only two years of experience on defense, he’s raw. He’s still developing as a tackler vs. the run. The team that drafts him will need to show some patience. Buffalo, at No. 9, might be a bit too high for him.

He said it: Barr on the transition to defense: “Difficult at first. I think moving backwards, going back in coverage, was something that was new to me. But now I feel comfortable with that. Just sort of getting used to the position. It’s still sort of new to me in a sense. It’s exciting. If I continue to work, the sky’s the limit.”

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