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Anthony Barr was going nowhere as an offensive player. Now, the UCLA OLB may be a top-5 pick. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.
Anthony Barr was going nowhere as an offensive player. Now, the UCLA OLB may be a top-5 pick. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images.

6-foot-4, 245 pounds

You would think there’s not much more Barr would need to show anyone. After all, he led the Pac-12 in sacks (13.5) in 2012, was second in tackles for loss (21.5) and was second on the Bruins in tackles (83). He projected as a sure-fire first-round pick, even a potential top-10 prospect.

But there was more that Barr felt he needed to learn before turning pro. After all, he’d become quite the disruptive force without ever having played a defensive down of college football prior to the summer of 2012.

Amazingly, at this point last year, Barr had not yet officially begun his transition from little-used F-back (a fullback-tight end-receiver hybrid). Imagine what more he could do with a full cycle – spring ball, summer workouts, preseason.

Barr could, which is why he went back to school. To raise the Barr, if you will. Once you add positional knowledge and expanded experience to an equation that already includes tremendous instincts and peerless athletic ability (he was named by Tom Lemming the nation’s No. 1 athlete coming out of high school), it’s easy to see why Barr is back with the Bruins.