Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Atlanta Falcons to bring in Anthony Barr for visit


The focus for the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 NFL Draft seems to be bringing in some young talents to help out with that defense, and they’ll explore that a little further next week when they bring in UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for a visit next Tuesday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Barr has been a first-round projected talent since the end of the college football season, and would bring some much-needed versatility to the Falcons defense that can definitely use someone with Barr’s athletic attributes to try and get back to the top of the NFC South.

All that is needed to figure out is whether or not Barr is an “elite pass rusher.”

Barr’s ability to rush the passer in intriguing to the Falcons, who’ve struggled in the sack department. They must determine if he’s an “elite” pass rusher. His ability to play in coverage must also be closely assessed. One longtime NFL scout told us that his stock was dropping when his name was mentioned at UGA Pro Day on Wednesday.

While they did mention the pass coverage aspect as well, Barr was rather impressive in that department in the Pac-12, which features more of the diverse spread offenses in the country, and he did just fine, so that should be okay in that department when he works out.

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