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Prospect Profile: Tennessee DE Derek Barnett

Derek Barnett

Defensive end| Tennessee| Junior

Height:6-foot-3 | Weight: 259 pounds

College Stats

2016: Barnett started all 13 games for Tennessee in 2016. He recorded 56 tackles (40 solo), 19 tackles for loss, 13.0 sacks, five passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception. Barnett was named First-Team All-American by CBS Sports, *Associated Press *and Walter Camp in addition to Second-Team honors from three other platforms. He was named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week on three occasions and in October was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.  

Career: Over 39 games and 36 starts for the Volunteers, Barnett totaled 197 tackles (131 solo), 52 tackles for loss, 33.0 sacks, six passes broken up, three forced fumbles and one interception. His sack total set a new Tennessee all-time career sacks record, breaking the previous mark of 32.0 held by College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.88 seconds

Bench press: Did not participate

Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches

Vertical jump: 31 inches

3-cone drill: 6.96 seconds (fifth among defensive linemen)

20-yard shuttle: 4.44 seconds

60-yard shuttle: Did not participate

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Summary:Barnett garnered attention early on in his collegiate career; in 2014, he became the first freshman ever to start on Tennessee's defensive line. He finished that season with 10 sacks and an SEC-leading 20.5 tackles for loss. As a sophomore, he again notched 10 sacks to lead the team and was named to the *Associated Press *All-Bowl Team after he recorded eight tackles and 1.0 sack against Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.

While the SEC has a history of talented defensive linemen that results in a tight competition for All-Conference, Barnett earned All-SEC three times in three seasons.  

According to his draft profile, Barnett demonstrates excellent hand work on the line and works his hands and feet together extremely well. He is compared to White in his abilities against the run and in sacking the quarterback and is described as a player who's constantly looking to make a play. analyst Lance Zierlein said that Barnett has a "strong edge presence with NFL-caliber hand usage and play strength."

"Barnett is one of the most productive defensive lineman to come out of the SEC in quite some time, despite lacking the strength and twitch that teams usually look for off the edge," Zierlein said. "His awareness and play traits should keep him near the action, and he has the talent to step into a starting base end spot right away."

Zierlein said some defensive coordinators may look at Barnett as an outside linebacker option in a 3-4 base defense.  

Stacking up: Barnett was tabbed as the third-best defensive end in this year's draft class by NFL Media analysts Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks and by *Sports Illustrated's *Chris Burke.  

Breaking records:In addition to breaking White's all-time career sacks record at Tennessee, Barnett's 10 sacks topped Jadeveon Clowney's SEC freshman sack record of 8.0. Texas A&M lineman Myles Garrett, ranked above Barnett by all three of the above analysts, set the new record that same season when he notched 11.5 sacks in 2014.

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