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Scouting Report: Anthony Barr

With the offseason underway, it is draft/free agency season. In this segment, “Scouting Report”, I will be posting scouting reports of who I believe the Cowboys should covet in the 2014 NFL Draft. Stay tuned daily, as I will be writing a few per day.

Background

Anthony Barr could have entered the 2013 NFL Draft, but he opted to stay another year at UCLA. Barr would have been a first or second rounder if he did enter last year’s draft. Coming out of high school, Barr came to UCLA as a running back. He converted to a fullback, and then to a defensive linemen. He is the perfect mold of a hybrid DE or OLB.

Measurements

– 6-4, 248 pounds

– 4.48 40-yard dash

Info

– Will rise up draft boards with a great combine performance

– Captain of a good defense in the PAC-12

– 10 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss

Strengths

– Extremely fast

– Can do it all——->>>> can bat down balls, get after the quarterback, and chase down running backs in the open field

– Long frame

– Long reach

– Good body for 4-3

– Explosive off the edge

– Has the ability to shed blockers

Weaknesses

– Still new to the position

– Raw on the defense

– May need a year to develop

– Needs to diagnose plays better

The Fit

With recent news of the Cowboys switching first round picks with the Buccaneers in exchange for Rod Marinelli, this selection becomes extremely possible. Barr is one of my favorite defensive players in the draft. He is going to big things, regardless of his newness to the defensive side of the football. The Cowboys could plug him in on passing situations to give DeMarcus Ware a break. Also, a year would give management enough time to decide on George Selvie’s future in Big D. If the Cowboys swap first round picks with Tampa Bay, expect this guy to be on the Cowboys’ radar.

Scout Grade: 93/100

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Anthony Barr Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Ware George Selvie Jason Garrett Rod Marinelli

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