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Cowboys think Anthony Barr can play defensive end

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UCLA’s Anthony Barr’s only been playing defense for two years, but at least one team thinks he’s ready to make another switch.

After transitioning from running back to outside linebacker the last two seasons for the Bruins, Barr said during a visit with the Cowboys that defensive end Rod Marinelli think he’s a 4-3 defensive end.

“I spoke with him at length today,” Barr said of Marinelli, via the team’s official website. “He showed me a lot of tape of (Julius) Peppers and Simeon Rice and (Warren) Sapp, so I think he wants me playing that defensive right end position to go after the quarterback, and that’s something I’m all for.”

Never having played in a 4-3 doesn’t seem to bother them, as Barr has flashed plenty of pass-rush potential, with 23.5 sacks in two seasons.
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Barr might be a little leaner than some ends, but the recent comparison to DeMarcus Ware might not be off the mark.
The problem for the Cowboys will be being able to get to him, as he’s a possible top 10 pick, when they’re at 16 unless they make a move.
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14 Responses to “Cowboys think Anthony Barr can play defensive end”
  1. joetoronto says: Apr 16, 2014 9:04 AM

    Cowboys think Jerrah Jones can be GM.

  2. rodeoclownclint24 says: Apr 16, 2014 9:15 AM

    The cowboys Dont think that jerry is the only one who says he can be a gm

  3. skoldier612 says: Apr 16, 2014 9:17 AM

    If there is one team that can take a player and make them play out of position unsuccessfully it’s “America’s Team.”

  4. bpayton52 says: Apr 16, 2014 9:17 AM

    No one thinks that except jerry…idiot

  5. raiderufan says: Apr 16, 2014 9:26 AM

    Well apparently this draft has about 16 top 10 players so the Cowboys might just get thier guy.

  6. rs says: Apr 16, 2014 9:29 AM

    I’ve read that more than a few teams see Barr as a 4-3 end.

  7. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 16, 2014 9:39 AM

    this kid is too raw to come right in and start at DE.

    OL in the NFL will eat him alive based off technique alone.
    I could see switching him to a true 4-3 OLB, , but to switch to a position that he has trained in seems absurd.

    sure fire way to stunt this kid’s career.

    hopefully they trade their 2015 1st rounder so they can jump up and select him in the top 10.

    Then watch Lane Johnson dominate him for his entire 4 year career.

  8. tvjules says: Apr 16, 2014 9:53 AM

    Just more comedy from Jerry’s World…

  9. rmaxmaicon says: Apr 16, 2014 9:53 AM

    I think BARRs best asset is rushing the QB…If we can land BARR or DONALD, I think our Defensive line will improve enough to still take the division.

  10. jacobslatter says: Apr 16, 2014 10:02 AM

    Meh Khalil Mack smokes him.

  11. lks311 says: Apr 16, 2014 10:04 AM

    Barr can play Defensive end—it’ll just be for the Lions.

  12. rs says: Apr 16, 2014 10:13 AM

    The guy is a pass rusher.

    You could argue him playing a 3-4 OLB in an NFL defense would be just as big a transition.

  13. eballa1 says: Apr 16, 2014 11:45 AM

    Todd McShay has Barr falling to Round 2 in his latest mock.

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 16, 2014 1:12 PM

    But what if Barr doesn’t successfully convert to DE? The comparison to Ware only makes me more concerned since Ware couldn’t adjust to it very well last season.

    Barr may become a great DE one day but if not, then you wasted a first round pick. The first round is not the place to look for projects. Need a plug and play guy in the first.

    Come on Jerry!

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