Once viewed as a 3-4 outside linebacker only, there seems to be some budding interest in Anthony Barr. The Dallas Cowboys a need at defensive end, and Barr could very well be a target in the first round. At 6’5″, 255 pounds, Barr is undersized to be a 4-3 defensive end, but he is athletic enough to be disruptive on the edge. Barr’s production in college is second to none, and there is reason to believe Barr will be Dallas’ selection in the first round of this year’s draft.
If the season started today, Dallas’ starting defensive ends would be Jeremy Mincey and George Selvie. While the latter performed well in 2013, that season could’ve just been a fluke. Mincey is a guy who Dallas signed in free agency. Just a few years ago, Mincey was developing into one of the top defensive ends in the league with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Things took a turn for the worse for Mincey when the Broncos released him midway through the 2013 season. The need for a defensive end is clearly there, and you could make argument that Barr is already better than both of the Cowboys’ defensive ends.
I mentioned earlier how Barr is undersized. Something that allows him to get past that negative of his game are his long arms that allow him to get space from opposing tackles. He is quick off the ball and he has active hands that slap away blockers. In my opinion, Barr is at his best when he is in a one-on-one battle against a bigger and slower offensive linemen. Barr is one of the toughest prospects to predict in the draft, but Dallas has already shown in the UCLA product. It shouldn’t surprise Cowboy fans to see Barr wearing a star on his helmet in 2014.