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
Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft is up on ESPN and he has a couple of different names for the Chargers in the first 2 rounds of his mock. With the first selection for the Chargers at pick 25, he has the team selecting UCLA LB Anthony Barr.
Barr has been dipping down the draft boards of late and could be a possibility when the team’s countdown starts. He would help the pass rush tremendously and could be a good teammate for Melvin Ingram for years to come. Before the offseason started, Barr was mentioned as a player that could be taken with the first selection and was ranked higher than Jadeveon Clowney during different times of the season.
Here is the breakdown from Kiper:
Analysis: I also see cornerback as a possibility here, but the Chargers need another pass-rusher and Barr fits the scheme and offers the upside of a guy I once saw as a likely top-10 pick. Barr has dropped on my board and others because his senior tape didn’t live up to the production, and I think he can often be too tentative in his reads and reactions. But we’re still talking about a player who has shown the ability to disrupt in the passing game and his workouts didn’t really disappoint, either. He’s a good value here.