UCLA LB Anthony Barr Has A Pre Draft Visit Scheduled With Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers will most certainly be drafting an outside linebacker at some point during the 2014 NFL Draft and should he fall in the first round, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr very well could be the 15th overall selection.

In a Tuesday interview with FOXSports.com, Barr listed the Steelers as one of several teams he already has a pre draft visit lined up with.

“I know that meeting [with Atlanta] is on Saturday the 29th, but we’re still looking to confirm the location,” Barr said.  “It will either be at UCLA or somewhere nearby.

“There have been a couple teams that have reached out. I have a couple visits. I’m going to Pittsburgh. I was going to go to Detroit, but I met with their GM the day before the pro day, so I don’t know if they think it’s necessary. I’m also meeting with the Cowboys, Titans and Vikings. Those are the few that stand out the most right now.”

Barr, who measured in at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine at just under 6’5″, weighs 255 pounds. In 13 games played last season, he registered 10 sacks to go along with 20 tackles for loss. Many draftniks predict that he will be selected within the top 10 picks in May.

The Steelers reportedly already have visits scheduled with Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson, Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard and Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk.

  • harding36

    I think Barr is going to slide out of the top 20. Not a good value at 1.15 IMO.

  • William Weaver

    Draft him and let Worilds walk after this coming season? Or keep all 3 if Worilds blows up?

  • Madi

    If they plan on keeping Jason long-term, which I have to believe they do, then I don’t think we can afford a #3 OLB in the first round. Seems like a luxury pick at that point. We’re completely desperate at CB, and we have holes at WR, WR/TE, on the DL, and arguably at ILB.

    If you really love Barr and for whatever reason DON’T expect Worilds to stick around, then it makes sense. Otherwise, take CB/WR/TE or trade back.

  • steelster

    I don’t think you can go surfing on the 3 rivers.

  • Wing t

    I like the other lb at ucla, however I can’t remember the name. Played inside think he’s projected 5th or 6th round pick.

  • Brian Tollini

    Graham I believe.

  • Jason Vancil

    Jordan Zumwalt

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If Barr is at 15 he would be hard to pass up.

  • MC

    Is this guy any good? I’ve only watched one video of him and it was a highlight reel and i still wasnt all that impressed considering it was all highlights.
    I’d prefer a corner in round one and an OLB in the third or later with a player similiar to Corey Lemonier last season, who the niners took.
    If they do go OLB in the first then im assuming they are gonna let Worilds walk after this year cause thats just too many high picks in the OLB platoon.

  • MC

    Good points.

  • pat

    Just a quick question but if Lebeau defense is to hard to learn for a rookie to start then how can we expect Mitchell to start

  • Wing t

    Yes jordon zumwalt. Was very impressed with him.

  • dkoy85

    He’s not a rookie. The NFL game is no longer fast to him anymore- no more rookie growth issues.

  • cp72

    Watched him against Virginia Tech in the bowl game. Zumwalt was every where. He knocked the ! $#/ out of Logan Thomas.

  • cp72

    Yeah but I think with the signing of Moats he becomes a luxury pick. I agree though that if either he or Lewan are there you have to take a hard look. You have to come away with a great player regardless of position.

  • William Weaver

    He can start learning now. Instead of waiting until June plus what dkoy85 said.

  • SFIC

    Zumwalt is an ILB and a total overachiever. Lousy measureables but is always around the ball. I like him a lot.

  • SFIC

    Sorry, I’m not as high on Barr as others. I watched him a lot over the last year and a bit. Just didn’t see enough to warrant a 1st rd pick.

  • Matt Manzo

    If we took an OLB with 1, are we saying Worilds or Jones is out? After this year? I don’t want a #1 OLB, unless they think Worilds will play hard ball and want $10 million a year.

  • armsteeld

    Barr is an athlete who reminds me of Chris Carter. He has a quick firs step with n countermoves and cannot stack & shed, hold the point of attack, and gets single blocked and walled off by TEs and FBs. He is nowhere near a top 34 OLB at all.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Dave I know this sounds unorthodox but Barr’s frame at 6’5″ 255 is very lean. Would the Steelers be thinking they could draft him and get him to add 20 lbs to put him around 275? I know in the Dick Lebeau Defense they usually draft college DE’s ala Woodley and convert them to OLB but could the Steelers have a DE plan in mind?

  • SFIC

    If I can jump in, I would say Barr’s frame is perfect for a 34olb. That’s probably one of his better traits. My problem with Barr is a lot of inconsistent tape. He’s not a great edge rusher either, not on the same level as Mack or Ford

  • 243546

    Makes sense. Lou Spanos was Barr’s DC at UCLA, and former defensive assistant for the Steelers from 1995-2009. Spanos helped develop a lot of really good LB’s during his time in Pittsburgh, including Joey Porter.

  • 243546

    I don’t think there’s been a decision about Worilds long term future yet. I’m sure the Steelers would prefer to have a productive OLB playing on a cheap rookie contract, as opposed to a productive player making $7M-$8M per year.

  • 243546

    He’s raw. He was recruited as a TE/FB, and didn’t make the move to OLB until 2012. In his first year at the position, he was second in QB sacks (13.5) behind Jarvis Jones (14.5).

  • 243546

    His tape is inconsistent, because he played TE during his first two years at UCLA. Barr’s first season making the switch to defense was 2012.

  • Derick L Young

    I will say this, a great pass rush can make a mediocre secondary look good.

  • Jeff Anoble

    Since UCLA’s Bruce Davis I am leary of any OLB from there.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I don’t disagree with you he does have the perfect 3-4 OLB frame but with the Steelers already having Worilds and J Jones this year and with the DE’s minus a starter I was just throwing that out there. He’s only played LB for one year so that probably explains the not so consistent tape.

  • MC

    Thanks man. I’ll have to watch some tape. Second behind Jones doesn’t impress me cause i really disliked the Jones pick even though im praying he pans out.

  • SFIC

    You are correct. But, my point is, is it worth the risk taking such a player at 15? I was hoping to see more explosiveness from an edge rusher and unfortunately I didn’t. Could he evolve? Maybe. The risk scares me.

  • SFIC

    Interesting point. He would need to get up to 280-290 to play 34DE. That would be tough. I think he could add the weight to be a 43de but doubt he could play 34de.

  • 243546

    The risk is mitigated a little, at least for the Steelers.

    Barr’s DC at UCLA (Lou Spanos), was the Steelers defensive assistant from 1994-2009. I’m just guessing, but I would like to think that he would be a guy the Steelers could reach out to, and gain some insight about Barr that you can’t get from watching film.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Excellent! Let’s take him. I could see him playing both ways — OLB and TE. So obviously great value. LOL.

  • lefnor

    Please no. He is an athlete, not a football player. He is stiff and can’t use his hands.
    Shaquil Barrett in the 5th round or Crichton in the second would be my pick.

  • Nothing wrong with more pass rushers, ask Seattle

  • Shannon Stephenson

    agree…and also agree with Lewan as long as he passes his red flags