The 2014 BTB Community Draft continues!
This is our favorite opportunity to interact with our community and allow them some front-page limelight, while simultaneously getting our first in-depth look at several candidates for the draft's first round.
This will be much more than just one community member's idea of how to help out their assigned teams. After each selection is forwarded to me, I will gather all of the pertinent information about this prospect from some of the internet's best draft resources. We will try to highlight the profile's best and worst traits, so that our reader's are highly educated come May 8th when these guys names are called.
To keep things simple, no trades are allowed; I think for a one round exercise that does little to actually project how things are going to turn out. One GM, one team, one pick. Let's get it on!
Draft Pick # 10
Team Name: Detroit Lions
Selection: (LB) Anthony Barr, UCLA
Why the pick:
I think the Lions would jump at the opportunity to pair Sammy Watkins opposite Megatron and come tantalizingly close to having that chance in this mock. WR is not the most pressing area of need for the Lions, having signed Golden Tate in the offseason, but Watkins is just that good. Having seen Buffalo pick Watkins, the Lions would consider other areas of need. Perhaps their most glaring need is in the secondary, leading them to consider CBs Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard and even the top two safeties: Ha'sean Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor.
However, having invested a 2013 second-round pick in CB Darius Slay and a 2012 third-rounder in CB Bill Bentley plus having the veteran Chris Houston, I think the Lions will decide not to throw another quality pick at corner. Despite losing S Louis Delmas in the offseason, the Lions also decide to pass on the two safeties, not being convinced that either is worthy of a top ten pick. Instead they decide to improve their pass defense by improving their pass rush. Despite boasting a line that includes Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Ziggy Ansah, the Lions only ranked 28th in the league with just 33 sacks.
The Lions lack a quality pass rushing linebacker and Barr, if he lives up to his potential, would immediately improve the pass rush, and, the Lions hope, the play of their secondary due to more rushed throws from opposing QBs.
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): Free Safety
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): 4-3 Middle Linebacker, Speed Receiver, 4-3 Defensive End, Cornerback
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): 4-3 Outside Backer, Right Tackle, Center, Left Tackle
-- Threat Level Green (priority 9): Quarterback, Feature Running Back, COP Back, Feature Receiver, Guard, Tight End, 4-3 Defensive Tackle, Strong Safety
-- Drafttek.com ranked #12 Overall, #3 at the position
-- Greg Gabriel, National Football Post: #8 Overall, #2 at the position
Barr has great size (6'4 - 248) to go along with very good athleticism and play speed (4.55). He has a long frame and plays with very good strength and power. For a player who has only been on the defensive side of the ball for less than two seasons, he has very good instincts. He is a quick reactor and is consistently around the ball. In the run game, he shows strength at the point and has the quick hands to shed blocks. He plays the inside and outside run equally well and is also a very good pursuit player. He makes a number of plays coming from the backside. As a pass rusher, he is almost always coming from a 2-point stance. In 2012, he faced many one-on-one situations and won many of those battles to get a sack or pressure. This year, he is being double-teamed far more, and he is showing improvement, getting away from double team blocks. When in a one-on-one situation, it can be very difficult for a blocker to get hands on him. He has an explosive first step, uses his hands well, and knows how to use moves. He has the power to bull rush and push his opponent back toward the QB. When he slips a block, he shows an excellent burst off the block to close.
Barr is used in coverage some and shows good cover skills. He has a very quick drop and has the loose hips to turn and run. He plays under control and can transition easily. Barr is best suited to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Some 4-3 clubs will try and bulk him up a bit and play defensive end while other 4-3 teams would play him at Sam on base downs and defensive end on passing downs. As I have said many times, quality pass rushers are hard to find and have great value.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #8 overall, #2 at the position
-- DraftInsider.Net ranked #3 overall, #1 at the position
-- OptimumScouting.com ranked #3 overall, #1 at the position
-- DraftCountdown ranked #4 overall, #1 at the position
-- Scout.com ranked #6 overall, #2 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #2 at the position
-- Josh Norris ranked #19 overall, #4 at the position
-- NFLDraftScout.com profile (Rob Rang):
STRENGTHS: Perhaps most impressive qualities are Barr's balance, lateral agility and acceleration, which he uses to break down in the open field as well as when exploding into ballcarriers for ferocious hits.
Freakish combination of size and athleticism. Possesses long arms, extraordinary burst off the ball and explosive closing ability -- a terrifying combination that gives him an immediate advantage over pass-blockers. Developing swim move to complement his speed, and possesses the strength and use of leverage to effectively bull-rush.
Followed up breakout junior season with another standout campaign despite facing constant double-team attention. Causes holding penalties due to his athletic motor and power to rip through blocks.
WEAKNESSES: Still developing as a run defender. Will be tested in coverage if working as a stand-up linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Raw as a two-year player on the defensive side of the ball in coverage, and will need to pick up NFL schemes quickly to be more than a situational pass rusher as a rookie.
Compares To: Demarcus Ware, Cowboys -- To develop into the all-around performer that Ware has become, however, Barr will need to show better leverage and overall physicality, especially when offenses run his direction.
'13 Anthony Barr vs Stanford
'13 Anthony Barr vs USC
Houston, Jadeveon Clowney,
St Louis Rams, Greg Robinson,
Jacksonville Jaguars, Johnny Manziel,
Cleveland Browns, Blake Bortles,
Oakland Raiders, Khalil Mack
Atlanta Falcons, Jake Matthews,
Tampa Bay Bucs, Teddy Bridgewater,
Minnesota Vikings, Aaron Donald
Buffalo Bills, Sammy Watkins