Former UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr has seen his 2014 NFL draft stock resemble that of a roller coaster with his stock being as high as a potential top-three pick to potentially being out of the first round entirely.
The 6-5, 250-pound outside linebacker Barr still may end up in the first round and if he does, it’ll be as a result of some strong workouts and impressive meetings in the next couple of weeks, and he has a bevy of them on tap, according to Fox Sports’ Ross Jones.
UCLA LB Anthony Barr has a busy sked the next two weeks. Barr will meet with Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers, Falcons and Eagles, per source.
— Ross Jones (@RossJonesFOX) April 14, 2014
Barr had 41.5 tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks the final two seasons for the Bruins after beginning his UCLA career on the offensive side of the ball, so he has a knack for rushing the passer.
He would be an ideal fit for the Steelers, who took Jarvis Jones in the first round last year but released LaMarr Woodley this offseason and with the Dallas Cowboys who have to fill the considerable void after releasing DeMarcus Ware in a salary-cap move.
The Falcons and Vikings pick sixth and eighth, respectively, so Barr may still have a chance to fulfill the early draft projections as a high first round pick.