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NFL Draft: The Basics on UCLA LB Anthony Barr

Posted May 8, 2014

The Vikings used the ninth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft on UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr. Vikings fans will learn a lot about their new defensive playmaker over the next few days. But for now, here are the basics.

School: UCLA
Selected: 8th overall selection
NFL.com Draft Ranking: Top 10 (No. 6)
Size:  6-5, 265 pounds
Speed: 4.44 in 40-yard dash at UCLA pro day
Production: 27 games played/started, 148 tackles, 41.5 TFLs, 23.5 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, 6 pass breakups, 1 blocked kick in 2 seasons at OLB
Accolades: Consensus All-American (2013); First-Team All-Pac-12 (2012, 2013); 2013 Lott IMPACT Award winner; Finalist for Lombardi, Bednarik and Butkus awards
NFL.com Scouting Profile: “A highly disruptive, athletic specimen with the pass-rush potential to effortlessly emerge as a double-digit sack producer. Is far from a finished product and his best football is still ahead of him, yet he plays the game with more of an offensive temperament and could require some patience. Is the type of rare athlete that could even contribute as an offensive playmaker once he learns to grasp defensive concepts and the game slows down for him.”

A Football Family
-- Father (Tony Brooks): FB at Notre Dame and was 4th-round pick of Eagles in 1992
-- Uncle (Reggie Brooks): RB at Notre Dame and played 4 seasons in NFL (Redskins, Buccaneers)
-- Uncle (Cedric Figaro): LB at Notre Dame and played 6 seasons in NFL (Chargers, Colts, Browns, Rams)

As a RB at UCLA
Barr played RB as a freshman and sophomore at UCLA before transitioning to OLB before his junior season. As a true freshman in 2010, Barr rushed six times for 29 yards (4.8-yard average) and no touchdowns with nine receptions for 66 yards (7.3) and no touchdowns in 12 games, including four starts at F-back (hybrid running back/tight end/receiver). Started seven of 12 games played at the F-back in 2011, rushing nine times for 25 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 16 yards and a touchdown.

Fun Fact
Barr has surpassed Jamir Miller (10th overall in 1994) as the highest LB selected out of UCLA in the NFL draft.

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