Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) during the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. UCLA defeated Virginia Tech 42-12. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Rumors: New York Jets could trade up for Anthony Barr?

The New York Jets aren’t exactly intimidating at linebacker so it makes sense the team may look into drafting one in the early rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.

One such name that has surfaced is that of UCLA’s Anthony Barr.

Barr has been ranked as one of the premier linebackers in the draft and is many ‘expert’ mock drafts don’t have the defender lasting past the twelfth pick. That’s a problem for the New York Jets who select 18th overall.

But it’s a problem that might be avoidable if Barr begins to slip a bit and the Jets move up, something that has been noted as a possibility by Sporting News.

Mike Evans and Anthony Barr aren’t easy to peg as to where they’ll land, but they seem to be the trendy “best player available” for teams that miss on their ideal draft picks. Evans could go as high as fourth overall to the Browns, while Barr has suitors at No. 7 (Bucs), No. 8 (Vikings), No. 11 (Titans), and No. 12 (Giants). The New York Jets could be a team to trade up if he starts to slip.

Barr is best pegged in a 3-4 system and has drawn comparisons to DeMarcus Ware according to NFL scouts.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Pure speculation. There is enough talent at LB to be had for the Jets without trading up. While LB is without a doubt a need for the Jets, its hardly their #1 need. Both WR and CB are critical needs, followed closely by OL help. LB will be addressed in the mid rounds, not in the first!

  • philip

    this is the second time i have heard this proposal… it does not make sense for the jets to spend a 1st round pick for a linebacker when they clearly need WR, TE, CB, and Safety… they have demario davis, coples, pace, mcintyre… and with antwan barnes coming back they do not need a pass rusher… why is this option being entertained by the media.. the jets would only trade up to get sammy watkins and thats it… there is plenty of talent that will slip to the 18th pick (cooks, beckham, amaro, possibly ebron)… the jets need offensive weapons, decker is not enough