Anthony Barr (OLB), UCLA
6'5" | 255 lbs.
66 tackles, 20 TFL, 10 sacks, 6 FF
What the scouts are saying:
"A highly disruptive, athletic specimen with the pass-rush potential to effortlessly emerge as a double-digit sack producer. Is far from a finished product and his best football is still ahead of him, yet he plays the game with more of an offensive temperament and could require some patience." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Freakish combination of size and athleticism. Possesses long arms, extraordinary burst off the ball and explosive closing ability -- a terrifying combination that gives him an immediate advantage over pass-blockers." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
"There are some areas of development that Barr needs to work on. As a pass-rusher, he needs to add and refine his moves. Barr also should get better at defending runs that come straight at him. He could do better at holding his ground and getting off blocks." (WalterFootball.com)
Fit for the Bears:
General manager Phil Emery used two of the team's six picks in the 2013 NFL Draft on linebackers, but neither Jon Bostic nor Khaseem Greene made much of an impact during their rookie season. Going into the 2014, Lance Briggs and D.J. Williams are expected to be locks for two of the Bears starting LB positions. Shea McClellin -- after a positional change -- will compete with Bostic for the final starting spot. But, with how poorly the Bears linebackers performed a year ago, it wouldn't be surprising to see Emery bolster the group once again. However, Barr is best suited in a 3-4 defense. He would be considered a tweener in a 4-3 system -- similar to McClellin -- and it would be highly unlikely to see Emery try going down that same avenue after McClellin's struggles at defensive end.