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UCLA’s Anthony Barr is ready to step onto the big stage

Antony Barr burst onto the national scene during the 2012 college football season. In his first season as Head Coach of the UCLA Bruins, Jim Mora Jr. and staff noticed a deficiency at Outside Linebacker and collectively decided that Barr had the tools to fill the need. A native of Los Angeles, Barr was a four-star recruit and All-State running back at Loyola High School.

"UCLA's Anthony Barr facing the Stanford Cardinal in the Pac 12 Championship game.
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Loyola of Los Angeles is the region's oldest educational institution, pre-dating the University of California system and the Los Angeles public schools. The school was founded in 1865 as St. Vincent's College at the behest of Archdiocese of Los Angeles Bishop Thaddeus Amat, a member of the Vincentian order.During his first two years Barr played running back, wide receiver and tight end.

Barr, made a seamless transition from an under utilized running back to starting outside linebacker position and teamed with Erik Kendricks, Jordan Zumwalt and Jeremy Castro to form one of the best linebacker corps in the Pac 12 conference. Adding the above mentioned corps of linebackers to a stout defensive line gave the UCLA Bruins one of the most formidable front seven's in college football.

The UCLA Bruins played in back-to-back Pac 12 Championship games. Barr, the son of former NFL player Tony Brooks, is intriguing due to both his pedigree and path he traveled to stardom. Antony Barr will enter the 2014 NFL Draft as one of the top players as well as an offensive players' worst nightmare and outside linebacker with the closing speed of a running back.

Bio

Position: Outside Linebacker

School: UCLA

Class: Senior

Measurables

Height: 6’ 4”

Weight: 248 lbs.

40-yard dash: 4.49 (via ESPN.com)

Career Stats

Year GP/GS TKL TFL SACKS QB Hits Forced Fum Fum Rec Pass BU

2013 14/14 65 20 10 2 5 4 1

2012 14/14 83 21.5 13 4 4 0 5

Totals 28 Gms. 148 41.5 23 6 9 4 6

Awards

2013

  • LOTT Impact Award
  • Walter Camp All-American
  • First Team All Pac 12
  • AFCA All-American
  • AP All-American
  • Lombardi Award Finalist

2012

  • AP second-team All-American
  • Fist team All-Pac 12
  • Collegefootballnews.com’s Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year
  • CBS Sports All-American team
  • Team Defensive MVP

National Prospect Ranking

Scouts Inc. - #16 Overall/ #2 Outside Linebacker

Mel Kiper -ESPN #2 Overall

Todd McShay – ESPN #6

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks #4 Overall

OptimumScouting.com #3 Overall

Draftcountdown.com #2 Overall

Ourlads.com #1 Outside Linebacker

Bleacherreport.com #7 Overall

Lindy’sSports.com #10 Overall

NFLDraftScout.com #10

Most Desirable Traits for Outside Linebackers

Instincts – The ability to find the ball, read play-action, misdirection and quickly recognize whether to play the run or drop into coverage.

Read & React – The ability to read the play immediately, trust your keys, react and keep the action in front of you.

Athletic Ability – The ability to tackle in the open field, blitz, rush the passer and drop into coverage.

Range – Outside Linebackers work in space it is imperative that linebackers are able to get depth in their drops, cover backs, receivers in the slot and tight ends. Linebackers have to cover a lot of ground and must have enough speed and range to flow to the ball as well as chase down backs from sideline to sideline.

Anthony Barr possesses the four most desirable traits NFL teams seek in an Outside Linebacker prospect. The former UCLA Bruin is one of the nations' most dynamic difference-makers in the 2014 NFL draft. Barr is a premier edge defender that merged coaching, hunger, with his god given athletic talent to develop into a disruptive force. Barr is a terrific pass rusher that used 2013 to add more weapons to his pass rushing arsenal. Barr has enough talent to hear his name called among the first ten selections. Barr will attend the NFL Scouting Combine on February 22 – 25 with one last opportunity to improve his draft status.

Jeff Little is the host of "The Locker Room" a daily sports talk radio show based out of Los Angeles 6-8 pm PST www.sportsjourney.com Follow on twitter @JeffLittle32, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+