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February 23, 2014

Combine profile: UCLA LB Anthony Barr

Name: Anthony Barr

Position: Outside linebacker

Height/weight: 6-5/255

School/Class: UCLA/Senior

Projected round: 1st

Career highlights: Barr had 23.5 sacks in his final two years, including 13.5 in his junior year that put him on the map. He also had 22 tackles for loss in his senior season and was first-team All-Pac 12. If a team values need over best available, he could go in the top five.

Did you know?: Barr came to UCLA as a highly touted running back out of California before being converted to linebacker once the Bruins’ backfield became crowded with talent.

Quotes: “The transition was pretty smooth, honestly. Difficult at first. I think moving backwards, going back in coverage, was something that was new to me. But now I feel comfortable with that. Just sort of getting used to the position. It’s still sort of new to me in a sense. It’s exciting. If I continue to work, the sky’s the limit.

“I feel comfortable at this weight, but if a team would ask me to put on weight and put my hand on the ground I’m doing that.

“Von Miller, Aldon Smith, Clay Matthews, DeMarcus Ware, guys like that. One day I’d like to be named with those guys.”

Panthers’ level of interest: Barr's a guy who would likely fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but being an NFL prospect is all about being versatile. If the Panthers were interested in him, they’d want him to put on more weight and probably play as an edge rusher. But Barr will go in the top 20, and if he’s not a perfect fit, there’s little chance Carolina would trade up for him. But Barr will make some team very happy.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on February 23, 2014 at 05:36 PM | Permalink

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