Nov 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) celebrates after sacking Southern California Troans quarterback Cody Kessler (not pictured) in the fourth quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Dallas Cowboys host Anthony Barr

The Dallas Cowboys have tried to focus on drafting some of the top defensive players in college football over the last few seasons, particularly in 2012 when they traded up to draft LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. They need help along the defensive line, and although they have signed defensive tackle Henry Melton away from the Chicago Bears, losing Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware means they have a lot of productivity to replace.

In addition to hosting Florida State Seminoles’ defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan on Tuesday, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reported the Cowboys also had UCLA Bruins’ pass rusher Anthony Barr in town Tuesday.

Barr is considered one of the top linebackers in this year’s draft. He is an explosive pass rusher. Yet he was a running back in college two short years ago is behind the curve when it comes to the nuances of the position.

Translation: Barr’s value in his rookie season could primarily be as a situational pass rusher. While he was a linebacker in a 3-4 scheme in college, there are indications the Cowboys believe he could play defensive end in Marinelli’s defense.

Plans for the visit were first reported Monday. Barr had 41.5 tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks over the past two seasons.

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