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A Look At The 10 Sacks In 2013 By UCLA OLB Anthony Barr


There’s an outside chance that UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr falls to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Recently, a reader asked if I had a chance to look at his sacks from last year and I finally got around to pulling them.

Here is a quick and dirty break down of Barr’s 10 sacks from last season.

While the quarterback drops the snap on this play, Barr easily beats the left tackle around the edge. He turns the corner quickly and delivers a chop at the end to force a fumble.

This sack against Utah was a bit of a gift. It looks like a designed quarterback draw gone bad. The left tackle tries to push Barr up the field, but UCLA’s stunt up the middle is just too strong and the quarterback is a sitting duck for Barr at that point.

Barr easily beats the left tackle to the edge on this sack with his speed. He shows a nice bend at the end and trips up the quarterback.

Here, Barr is lined up wide on the edge and with the left tackle having a poor first step, the UCLA linebacker blows past him. A 2.6 second sack?

Barr is double-teamed here against Oregon, but continues to fight through it and is rewarded with a coverage sack for his efforts.

Another win for Barr off the edge and another strip sack.

A nice move inside here by Barr allows him to beat the tackle once the gate is opened.

This is similar to a sack above. Barr is once again doubled but continues to work and is rewarded with another coverage sack. He does a good job of mirroring the quarterback and prevents him from getting outside.

USC left tackle pays for his first step being to the inside and Barr once again gets the edge quick and registers a strip sack.

Barr sets the left tackle up for a spin move inside and once he crosses face the lineman is forced to trip him. Barr still manages to grab the leg of the quarterback when he’s on the ground.

Barr, in my opinion, can get better at the next level. He won’t be able to rely as much on his speed around the edge against NFL tackles, but it certainly won’t hurt him. He could stand to get stronger and learn to use his arms and small hands better as well. You probably noticed that none of these sacks were a result of him putting a tackle on skates with a bull-rush.

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  • srdan

    This article should get a lot of merit in lieu of last years jarvis breakdown and prediction. Great job guys!

  • Brendan

    I was just going to mention that. I’ll be honest, I was more impressed with Barr’s highlights this year.

  • Steve

    Barr is quick, tall and never gave up on the Double team. Good work Dave.

  • steeltown

    Needs some work of course as most college prospects do, but this guy is highly athletic. A year of strength & conditioning under the eyes of Butler and Porter and he could be a disruptive force up front.

  • Axe Skot

    If he”s there, take him. Wait, how many first round picks do we have?

  • RW

    We have one of these guys. In fact, I believe we drafted him in a similar position last year…

  • chris ward

    Nice spin move by Barr on the last GIF. Barr is a nice athlete, with impressive measurables. Has a good first step, but needs to get stronger and use his hands better. Think he has some upside with his athleticism, just needs to develop more at the next level, which is possible.

  • srdan

    And who do we have behind that guy?

  • BGINTN

    If Barr and Dennard are on the board at 1.15 and SF poses this trade: 1.30 and 2.61, even though not an even trade value do you take it? I think I would.
    (An even trade value would also include 3.94, which would be a no brainer to me)

  • http://www.amazon.com/The-Sibyl-Reborn-ebook/dp/B009KNQHSM James P. Kelly

    I agree. If he’s there, we have to take him. Woodley is making way more on the transition tag that he would per annum in a long term deal, so why should he neggotiate when a productive year would drive up his price for next year [when he's a FA]. Even if we tag him again, his price would kill us re the cap. The only think that makes sense is to have a high quality replacement ready-to-go. Barr, Shazier, or Mosley could be the answer–I mention Mosley because it’s said that he can play OLB as well as ILB, which gives us options. Btw, I really want Evans, Beckham, or Cooks in the first. Sigh.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Lets not over look the fact that Jarvis was all about the speed rush too. It got him one sack, NFL tackles won’t be the likes of what Barr played against the past 2 years. We need another project like Pouncey needs another knee injury.

  • http://www.amazon.com/The-Sibyl-Reborn-ebook/dp/B009KNQHSM James P. Kelly

    I agree with you both! Jarvis Jones is a very good football player and he seems to be a quality person. His pre-draft tape, however, revealed the bulk of his sacks were coverage sacks and that he lacked the speed, power, or moves to excel against NFL tackles. This could be changed, of course, with time, coaching, and hard work. The problem was that we needed a disruptive force who was ready-to-go with our 1st round pick, not a project. To me (thanks to Dave’s good work), Barr looks far more like the player we hoped J. Jones would be coming out of college.

    That said, I admit that I’d also take the trade with SF if offered–but only on equal terms according to the chart. We need to restock and this is definitely the draft in which to do it.

  • RW

    Hopefully not a first round pick that can be used to find a starter elsewhere…

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes, I would take it. Last year trades were getting lower values and this year is even deeper.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Lol…regrettably just the one.

  • RW

    I would take it even without 3.94

  • steeltown

    Two things.. if for example the top WRs and CBs are gone, we cant trade back and Barr is still on the board then draft BPA accordingly, secondly I understand the notion that we seemingly have two starting OLBs on roster, but Worilds has yet to be signed long term and Jones, lets face it, is still unproven. It would be ideal to go WR, CB or DL with the 1st Rd selection but that’s easier said then done. The thinking here is exploring all options. You can never have enough LBs in a 3-4 system.

  • Ike Evans

    Quick question….who’s NOT a project?

  • Weiss Chad

    I think we all thought the steelers had an awesome draft w mendenhal and sweed.Goes to show u never know.I was laughing at Seahawks draft a cpl 2 yrs ago.

  • Weiss Chad

    IMO if you draft Barr they either don’t plan on te signing worilds or jj in their opinion isn’t gonna cut it.i don’t believe in drafting a player for depth in first round . I don’t think steelers have that luxury right now

  • Weiss Chad

    Toss up between Barr and shazier if that happens imo

  • malsor

    jones a speed rusher !!! lol. the guy had the slowest 40 ever for a LB. look at his college highlights, few if any, sacks were the result of him beating a LT or RT. They were either coverage sacks, broken plays, or him beating the TE or rb on a blitz pickup. A joke of a pick..

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