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Buffalo Bills Draft Preview: Anthony Barr

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL season now officially over, there’s one thing to look forward to: the NFL Draft. Starting today, I’ll take a look at some names that could be on the Buffalo Bills’ radar.

Looking at most mocks to date, you can basically pick any name on the board, and someone has guessed he will land in Buffalo, but we’ll start with a position that has come up most frequently in the early mock drafts: outside linebacker. UCLA’s Anthony Barr is a name that has been mentioned many a time at the no. 9 spot.

What He Brings: Aside from Jadeveon Clowney, Barr may be the most explosive pass rusher in the class. He’s big enough that he could line up at end, but with the Bills’ line already being stacked, he’d be free to line up at outside linebacker. He possesses that coveted combination of speed and size, making him dangerous and versatile.

He also gives the Bills another building block on an already good defense. Even if they were to lose Jairus Byrd, Barr would elevate their pass rush to a point where it would be able to help fill that void.

What He Would Do For The Bills: The Bills could move him around, even sending him off the same edge as Mario Williams, making their pass rush even more dangerous. This is pretty incredible considering that they just set a franchise record for sacks in a season. He would also free up Kiko Alonso to roam sideline to sideline and drop into coverage, where he had four interceptions as a rookie. Not to mention, a good pass-rush can make a secondary look great.

Value: For the most part, it seems as though Barr falls somewhere in the 8-12 range. If the Bills decided to grab him at ninth, he would be a solid value and would address a big need at outside linebacker.

Adding one of the biggest pass-rush threats in the draft to a team that already excels at getting after the quarterback could push the defense to an elite level.