Sept. 22, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (94) and linebacker Anthony Barr (11) sack Oregon State Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion (4) and force a fumble in the third quarter of the game at the Rose Bowl. Oregon State won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

How Far Will Anthony Barr Slide?


Before the draft season even began and while college football was still playing, Anthony Barr was one of the players that was argued as the top prospect in the NFL Draft. His ability to get off of the edge and disrupt the passing game with the Bruins was impressive and he was getting the hype over Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack.

With the over-evaluations in progress for the NFL Draft, Barr has been taking a dip in stock. In some cases, I have seen Barr sliding down to the 20th spot in drafts. Any more of this epic sliding and we will see Barr with some lightning bolts on the side of his jersey.

Where is the epic slide coming from? Barr is a raw talent. He only has started playing on the defensive side of the football for the last couple of seasons, so he still has a lot to learn. He has to wrap up on tackles better. He needs to shed his blockers better. He still needs work in the run game. He still needs work in pass coverage. Did I mention that he has only been on the defensive side of the football for the last couple of seasons?

If that is all the downfalls, then what is all the hype? Barr is a monster athlete. He stands at 6-foot-5 and he is a freak athlete. He has good speed and balance getting after the football. He is a menace getting after the quarterback and blowing up plays in the backfield. In his first season on defense, he racked up 13.5 sacks and had 21.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. In his next season, he saw more double teams and still racked up 10 sacks and 20 tackles behind the line. His potential is off the charts, but some teams are unsure if he can reach that potential.

If he somehow makes that epic slide to the 25th selection, then the Chargers need to pounce. Adding Barr on the defense would give the team a huge boost getting after the quarterback. Imagine having Dwight Freeney and Anthony Barr crashing down from the edge on passing downs. Teams wouldn’t get much time to throw that football and any success by the opposing teams on 3rd and long should be a thing of the past.

There would have to be an epic slide, but the Chargers have seen players like Melvin Ingram and Keenan Allen fall in their lap before. If he is there, he has to be selected.

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  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Paragraph 5. Sentence 3. Do you mean Ingram and Barr or what you actually wrote?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      thought about that… but Freeney still is a better pass rusher over Ingram at this point. Freeney likely will be a pass rush specialist at this point in his career.

      • Julien Bélair

        Yep he will so Johnson will rotate with him.

        Ps have you receive my e-mail?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i did… i will get back to you on it in a bit.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Gotcha. So it’s just for this year and providing Freeney retires next year Ingram will start?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          most definitely. still think Ingram will start… If there is a passing situation though, Freeney would see more time on the field over Ingram.

          BUT… if we stay with the same roster as we have now, Freeney and Ingram would go after the quarterback on passing downs. Just depends on the roster.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I think that’s a bit of a reason they wouldn’t draft Barr. I think Ingram showed what he could do when healthy and they don’t want to deter his development anymore than the injuries already have.

  • 619chargers4life

    I never really liked Barr. Just saying .

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      why not?

      • Julien Bélair

        No motors and just not that good

      • 619chargers4life

        Before the combine I looked at bunch of little highlight reels , and he just looked a lil slow a lil late and a lot of lucky . Watch a Barr highlight reel then turn on a Van Noy highlight reel, and you will see. He kind of reminds me of Larry English .

      • NativeSanDiegan

        I actually watched a couple of UCLA games and not just highlight reels and saw a tiny bit of good and a whole lot of just arriving at the play well after the play was over. I focused on him because of all the hype the broadcasters were giving him. He was easily blocked out of most running plays by a single lineman, TE, and even rb/fb. As play was ending and they stopped blocking him, then he’d trot over and announcer would say “Barr is in on yet another play”. He also ran himself out of plays by over-running them and blocker just had to stand there. Occasionally he got lucky and runner ran right into him after being stuffed on other side and blocker stopped blocking him. On passes he was stuffed or overran the qb a lot. He was in on sacks when qb was pressured on other side and forced into him and he had a lot of time to beat his man. I also noted he was not double teamed very much and he did a lot of just standing around. I seriously believed he was a project without a high motor; physical potential with 50/50 chance of bust. Personally wouldn’t draft until rd 3-4. IMO

    • Julien Bélair

      Me neither

  • serg21

    There is no way at all clowney goes 20 no way …

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Barr?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      crap… see what you are talking about now… meant Barr

  • Diegoblue

    If and that’s a BIG IF we take him and don’t look back .. Grab a CB in the 2nd then a WR in the 3rd and a DT in the 4th maybe McCullers

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      huge IF…. but for some dumb reason he keeps sliding

    • gpack17

      dont understand the fascination with mccullers..guy is a big body but gets pushed around a lotttt…plus we have geathers who fits the same mold..why waste a draft pick on something like that?

  • gpack17

    if you see clowney dropping into the 20s in mock drafts, stop looking at those mocks…no way clowney slips the top 5 and im not even a big fan of him…barr could slip..dont see it happening..but what more does he do than van noy or murphy who we could trade back for or possibly get in the 2nd..

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      CRAP… i did say CLOWNEY… oops… meant Barr

  • Derek

    barr wont drop past 20 a team will trade up for him. he’s a developmental player who wont pay off till about mid to late in the season. his ceiling is high but i expect a barkhaveous mingo/dion jordan season out of him

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i can see him slide, because he would be a situational player at the beginning of his career and not many want to take a player like that early… i can see someone trading up for him though if he is available at 20 or so.

  • esco charger

    Dude is a beast he likes to get low and doesn’t stop his pursue on the QB or player with the ball always in the opponents backfield he will be a good player at the next level with good coaching he is very athletic and played offense so he knows both sides of the ball if he is there.at 25 the bolts will take him bpa its a long shoot but it could happen

    • Derek

      yeah, i think it would be a fun pick but dangerous because we would still need a nt and cb who can start which will be gone by the mid 3rd round latest also 3rd round is pushing it trying to find a wr who can hold his own on the outside lets be honest we scored keanan by luck it would be foolish to count on it happening in the 3rd again at 25 and not 11. he will prob fall to a team that trades their comp picks to grab him for us he is a luxury pick i think we should address our needs first. nt,cb,wr,olb/cb,De/oL in that order

      • esco charger

        I dont disagree with our needs I think nose and corner are our biggest needs but Barr would be a great value pick never draft off of needs u go with the best player on the board staying true to the work u put in all year thats why I been saying we should go with nix but there is so many scenarios that could happen I wouldn’t be mad with fuller if we went that route

        • Derek

          So if Johnny football is on the board at 25 we should grab him too???? Sometime bpa don’t fit. Taking Barr in the first would mean picking a starting cb or a good nt with potential to start. And since we all saw 2 seasons ago the benifits of a good nt. also while wright has his bad days it’s undeniable who is the weaker cb and will be attacked each game (Marshall) to me the first 3 rounds will be a bigger statement than last yr of who Tt is and his separation from grirson of the colts

          • esco charger

            No im not saying Johnny football will be the pick but if that happens then that is great for the bolts we trade right before Cleveland picks and if u have pass rush then u dont need great corners he is great value with this pick and the future will be bright manning will think it was the superbowl still playing the seahawks when he plays us the pressure will be unbelievable on him throws off his rhythm but if we go dennard fuller hageman nix or ford I dont mind either way

          • Derek

            But what I’m saying is without a nt occupying 2 guys in the middle our pass rush will be shit again qbs will climb the pocket like every qb except dalton. Pass rush will improve exponentially with an nt to keep our lbs clean

  • navw21

    Unfortunately there is still a month where all these prospects who are falling will probably rise back to where they should be. If the draft were tomorrow I might be more excited about this happening but with 35 days until the draft I can’t see it happening. But I never thought Melvin would slip to 18 either so… who knows???

  • Edward Sherman

    then i say the dagger hits at 24

  • MachoMenos

    Agree!

  • vct

    M Lee at number 25 all the way!