Anthony Barr hasn’t been playing linebacker very long, but his work at the position has still caught the eye of NFL scouts.
Barr’s abilities off the edge led to 41.5 tackles for loss and 24.5 sacks at UCLA over the last two seasons and many expect him to be a first-round pick in a league that prizes players who can get after quarterbacks. Barr will spend the next two weeks visiting with several teams that may be interested in taking him off the board on May 8.
Ross Jones of FOX Sports reports that Barr will meet with the Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers, Falcons and Eagles over the next two weeks. He’s already met with the Jaguars, Titans and Falcons, among others that are intrigued by what Barr could bring to their defense.
Barr isn’t the most polished prospect after his late shift to the defensive side of the ball, but his potential to wreak havoc in opposing backfields is the kind of thing that makes teams ignore such inexperience. Every team on that list could use a boost in that area, which makes it very likely that Barr’s name will be heard fairly early on May 8.