2014 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0 – Post Free Agency Edition
By Dave Searles
October 12, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) defends against the California Golden Bears during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
22. Philadelphia Eagles
Outside Linebacker, UCLA
Previously: Darqueze Dennard (Cornerback, Michigan State)
Anthony Barr has been losing steam the last few weeks and he is expected to drop out of the top-10. This is the furthest I could see him drop, because the Philadelphia Eagles know better than letting a player with his potential slide any further. Barr is a diamond in the rough. He has great length, he is explosive and fast. The bad part is he needs to add serious muscle, as well as learn to get off blocks more efficiently in order to make it to the next level.
Anthony Barr is the epitome of raw talent, but if anyone knows how to maximize effectiveness of less-than-seasoned defensive talent it’s Chip Kelly. He missed out on adding Dion Jordan in 2013, but Barr is a perfect fit for the Eagles defense and fits in smoothly as the edge rusher the team has been trying to acquire since Kelly’s arrival. Barr will benefit greatly learning from Trent Cole before taking the reigns in 2015.