The Tennessee Titans have stressed this offseason that their goal is to create havoc on defense and make big plays on offense. While there was a a thought to choose another weapon for Jake Locker to use with the 11th pick, UCLA prospect Anthony Barr and his upside as a 3-4 linebacker and pass-rusher made too strong of a case.
A converted running back, Barr excels at the one thing new defensive coordinator Ray Horton has referred to various times this offseason – getting to the quarterback.
And boy does he know how to get to the quarterback. Whether he’s using his excellent burst to turn the corner or excellent closing speed once the quarterback is within sight, Barr finds a way to make the pocket an uncomfortable place to live.
At 6’5, 255 lbs, Barr uses his lean frame to burst off the line with exceptional speed, often leaving lineman off-balance and struggling to regain position. He has a knack for the big play and is a menace when running free in the backfield as evident by his 20 tackles for loss last season along with 5 forced fumbles. Barr was also a recipient of the Lott IMPACT award.
With the Titans wanting an attitude on their defense, Barr, who knocked two quarterbacks out of games the past two seasons, appears to be a perfect fit.