Former UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr saw Khalil Mack and Jadeveon Clowney, among others steal the spotlight from the pass-rushing outside linebacker at the NFL Combine in February, but Barr did his best to regain some momentum heading into May’s draft with a scintillating 40 time at UCLA’s pro day.
Anthony Barr @itheeayb just ran an electronic 4.44 in the 40 for Pro Scouts…and that’s why you train on the UCLA campus with Sal Alosi.
— Jim Mora (@UCLACoachMora) March 11, 2014
The 6-4, 248-pound Barr was viewed as a virtual lock for the top five in the draft, but with other players rising, Barr saw his stock dip, perhaps outside of the top 10.
However, this time should alleviate some concerns for teams picking in the top 10, including the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers who may be in the market for the player who had 23.5 sacks the last two seasons after converting from fullback.
He may not be the finished product that Clowney or Mack are at the moment, but being new to the position suggests his upside could be just as great, if not greater than the aforementioned pass rushers.