Inside The Iggles 2014 Mock Draft, Post-Combine Edition
11. Tennessee Titans
Outside Linebacker, UCLA
Dec 27, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) against the Baylor Bears in the 2012 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Baylor defeated UCLA 49-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Anthony Barr has come under fire as possibly being a product of hype following an average performance at the Combine (including fifteen reps of 225 pounds on the bench press), but I still think the Tennessee Titans would be smart to select him here. He’s got sky-high potential even though he’s only played on defense for two seasons. and pairing him with outside linebacker Zach Brown would make for a nice transition into the NFL.
Once projected as a top-five prospect, Anthony Barr has seen Khalil Mack taking over as the top pass rushing linebacker. Concerns about him being a finesse rusher were reinforced after his showing at the combine. His fall from the top selections is great news for the Tennessee Titans. Having a change to a hybrid defense in their plans for 2014, the Titans need a talented pass rusher. Barr explodes off the ball like a bullet out of a barrel. He has long arms that allow him to control a lot of space and combined with his high motor, you get a constant distraction in the backfield. Barr is also fast and able to chase down running backs and receivers. Although he needs to work on his technique, his potential makes him hard to ignore.