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Titans Draft Targets: Anthony Barr

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Anthony Barr rouses the crowed during a victory over the USC Trojans at the Rose Bowl. Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images.
Anthony Barr rouses the crowed during a victory over the USC Trojans at the Rose Bowl. Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images.

Nearly every team in the NFL can use an extra game-changing stand-up pass rusher, and the Tennessee Titans are no exception.

And if the Titans do in fact elect to go the way of a pass rusher in the first round, it’s likely that UCLA linebacker, Anthony Barr, will warrant some consideration for the pick.

Barr is a 6 foot 5, 255 pound pass rusher that specifies as a “speed rusher”. He made his mark during his two (of four) years in college with his quickness to get by offensive lineman and to track down quarterbacks.

Ironically, he was recruited to UCLA as a running back/offensive weapon, but switched positions to linebacker just prior to his junior season in 2012.

In his two seasons on defense, Barr tallied 148 tackles (41 for loss), 23 sacks and 10 forced fumbles. He was impactful to say the least.

Anthony Barr -- 6-foot-5, 255 LB, OLB/DE 

STRENGTHS:

Obviously, one of the bigger strengths of Barr is going to be his athleticism -- it was in college. The question is whether or not he can translate that to NFL speed. Not all pass rushers can defend the run well, Barr can, at least at an average level. Barr won’t be a liability to play the run, if needed.

WEAKNESSES:

He’s still learning the position. Barr has only played linebacker for two years and is still somewhat raw. Plenty of the time he relies too much on his athletic ability – bypassing the advantages he can create via hand usage and physicality..

COMPARISONS:

DeMarcus Ware, Julian Peterson

THE VERDICT:

Barr is a very talented linebacker that will impact any team’s defense right away. He has the skillset to play in each the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses. There’s work to be done in his run-stopping and coverage abilities, but he has the athleticism and potential to develop into a complete linebacker.

You can read about the Titans recent free agency signings here.