The 2014 NFL Draft is right around the corner. While it’s been heavily suggested that the Kansas City Chiefs select a wide receiver with their first pick, there are tons of talented players available in the draft. The Chiefs are pretty stacked in certain positions, but there’s always room for improvement. If Anthony Barr is still on the board by the time the Chiefs are on the clock, he would be a must draft player.
Anthony Barr played for UCLA for four seasons. He is entering the draft as a linebacker, but he also has experience playing wide receiver and running back, as well as participating on special teams. In Barr’s two years as a linebacker for the Bruins, he totaled 152 tackles, 23.5 sacks, and 10 forced fumbles (Source: Sports Reference). He’s a force to be reckoned with and would be a steal for Kansas City in the draft. That’s only if they can land him, which looks to be pretty unlikely.
Anthony Barr Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.66 seconds
Bench press – 15 reps
Vertical jump – 34.5 inch
Broad jump – 119.0 inch
3-cone drill – 6.82 seconds*
20-yard shuttle – 4.19 seconds
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
All right so perhaps getting Barr in a Chiefs jersey next year is a bit of a stretch, but we can dream, right? He’s considered to be the eighth best player available in this year’s draft and is projected to go in the first round. Several mock drafts have him being selected in the top ten, but the analysts on NFL Draft Scout seem him either going to the Tennessee Titans with the 11th pick or the New York Giants with the 12th pick. Either way, he’s probably not coming to Kansas City, which is a bummer.
“Exceptional take-off speed, acceleration and closing burst. Makes plays effortlessly in back-side lateral pursuit. Outstanding recovery quickness to make plays (when he is out of position). Explosive striker. Can produce “wow” plays when he triggers quickly or releases cleanly and has developed a reputation for knocking quarterbacks out of games.” – Anthony Barr’s strengths according to Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com
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