Source: Anthony Barr To Visit Eagles

Anthony Barr
UCLA outside linebacker prospect Anthony Barr has a visit scheduled with the Eagles, a league source confirmed.

Ross Jones of FOX Sports was first with the report. Barr is scheduled to be in Philly on April 23.

The 6-4, 255-pounder out of UCLA recorded 23.5 sacks and 41.5 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons while playing outside linebacker. He started his college career on the offensive side of the ball as a running back. Barr estimated that he dropped into coverage about 30 percent of the time last season, and said he fared pretty well. Rushing the passer, though, is his primary objective.




"Von Miller, Aldon Smith, Clay Matthews, DeMarcus Ware, guys like that," said Barr on the NFL players he looks up to. "One day I'd like to be named with those guys."

Opinions vary on when Barr will be taken in the upcoming draft. Some recent mocks have the 22-year-old falling into the second half of the first round.

In a recent podcast on the team's website, Brian Baldinger said that Eagles outside linebackers coach Bill McGovern went to UCLA to work Barr out.

"Say he's there at 15 or 16. And I'm well aware that the Eagles only have six draft picks, they don't have a whole lot of ammunition. But if that's your biggest glaring need -- and to me, the right outside linebacker position would complete this defense in some ways -- why wouldn't you be aggressive?" Baldinger asked.

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  • Maggie

    Like everyone else, I like Barr, but Tim, you can’t say he played wide receiver at UCLA, even though he did some pass-catching. There is a commenter here who will call you ugly names, besides “stupid”, for doing a little due diligence that includes looking at his college’s website.

    • Andy124

      Well, he is wearing Jaccson’s new number and all.

      • GEAGLE

        He played WR, PR, fullback, everything but RB…just ask Maggie, who likes to pretend she has ever seen a single UCLA game

      • Maggie

        I prefer to think of Larry Fitzgerald myself. Although I like the Double cc’s. Sounds a bit like an ER doctor ordering a dose of meds. Eleven cc’s of Ringer’s Wide Receiver. Hm. Amazing how the mind can wander when trying to postpone doing the vacuuming.

    • GEAGLE

      You sound dumb talking crap about me little girl..grow a pair and say my name, you literally posted how Barr played every position but RB, and now you pretend you have any clue who he is? Lol are we talking about Barr the WR today? Barr the Fullback? Or is it the punt returner? I can’t keep up with your infinite wisdom…join a book club or something,

      • MediaMike

        You need to be careful or you’re going to have to go to your beta account in order to keep posting here. No reason to be off topic with the personal junk.
        I’m still stuck having to log in differently here (vs. Iggles Blitz) because of my truth telling on Harry Gamble.

    • CSA

      Take your petty crap elsewhere. Honestly posts like this provide no value to anybody.

      On topic, no not everybody likes Barr. I personally am not a fan at all. In the 3rd round I would have no problem with him but in the 1st round a team is just asking to be disappointed. Yes he can rush the passer and he is good in pursuit but if you run right at him he is lost. In the NFL he will get eaten alive if he can’t set the edge.

      • MediaMike

        If you have a 6’5″ + 300 lb+ RDE he can set the edge by hooking the tackle (and occupying a guard) thus freeing up a guy like Barr to make a play.

        • CSA

          If our DE can consistently occupy 2 lineman then why do we need to spend a 1st round pick on an OLB?!?!? ;-> At that point an undrafted free agent could do the job at OLB. Certainly Cole would be dominant.

          • MediaMike

            Getting home on the pass rush vs. not getting run over on the run are quite different, but I 100% get what you’re saying.

          • CSA

            If Barr falls to us then I hope I am wrong. He just seems like another Andy Reid speedball (or was it fastball). Amazing athlete but not a year 1 starter vs the run. It’s tough to find a guy that can get to the QB and still contain the run directly at him.

      • Maggie

        Wow. Only 9 comments and already attacking people you know nothing about. Perhaps philly.com might be better suited to your personality.

        • CSA

          I have little patience for people that post petty bs about their personal problems on football sites. That is why I made my post about Barr. I don’t do the veiled insults at others.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            well, i’m just going to re-post this, because i can’t possibly have read it right the first time

            I have little patience for people that post petty bs about their personal problems on football sites. That is why I made my post about Barr. I don’t do the veiled insults at others.

            also, sweet half-selfie, brah

  • JosephR2225

    “Von Miller, Aldon Smith, Clay Matthews, DeMarcus Ware, guys like that,” said Barr on the NFL players he looks up to. “One day I’d like to be named with those guys.”
    ——————–
    Umm… Maybe not Aldon Smith. Or Von Miller. You know what? Let’s just focus on Ware, please.

    • Maggie

      Having heard him speaking, I think he was just referring to their on-field capabilities. ;~)

      • Johnny Domino

        Yeah, that Smith guy is the bomb!

        • Andy124

          Oh. That’s clever.

          • Johnny Domino

            Clever costs extra.

          • Andy124

            twss

          • Johnny Domino

            [rim shot]

  • eaglefansocal

    If he drops to 16 to 18 the Eagles will pounce. I have a feeling one of the players they covet as elite or near elite will drop to or near 22 and they will not trade back. They will do some trades in the 3rd or 4th round to pick up extra picks and will sign several priority free agents to provide possible depth and competition.

  • knighn

    OK… but you can still basically guarantee a WR in round 1 or 2.

    • myeaglescantwin

      mehh,, if it’s the deepest draft in history at WR, you can find more value in the later rounds at WR. outside of the top 2/3 is there really a WR worth taking in rd1?

      especially if you realize you’re getting the third best player at that position.
      why not get the 2nd ranked OLB or Safety,, or the #1 ranked ILB?

      even after loosing DeSean, wr isn’t our #1 need.

      • Tom W

        not fantasy football. we don’t draft positions. we evaluate and scout and draft players. we don’t look at positional scarcity or draft w a tiering method. Howie has commented on these issues over the last two years and been pretty adamant. If they like someone, at 54, they aren’t overly concerned if the there is 3-4 guys rated just below that guy that may be available in rd 3 at 86 bc then you aren’t drafting best players AND you never know when there is going to be a position run.

        • Eagles1018

          I agree with you. But if Barr is there or he’s close I say jump. He’s been playing OLB for 2 years. I’ve heard guys mention things like don’t get a WR in the 1st round because this is a deep draft at WR. Their reasoning has been mostly that guys deeper in the draft potentially have greater upside (ie pick an Allen Robinson over a Marquise Lee or a Latimer over Cooks). With Barr, despite being a 1st rounder he’s raw and has only been playing this position for 2 years. His potential based on that and his athleticism mean he’s gonna be a good pass rusher. I don’t know how good but I think he will be a formidable threat that has to be game planned for. Besides, it doesn’t take a blind man to see Cole will be gone so they need his replacement. They can’t put band aids on it like they do at Safety. In an effective 3-4 scheme, your pass rushers are the most important guys.

          • Kuzzbill

            Completely agree. If Barr is there, it be hard not to make a run for him, just hope we don’t give up too much.

          • Tom w

            Never said not could anyone argue that if Barr falls to 22 or close he isn’t the best player, hence proving my point. Dunno what you arguing except proving my point. Eagles draft players the best players. That’s Barr. If Barr is gone, the best player standing is most likely odb and someone I would take. The gentleman I responded to wanted to avoid wr at all cost in round one. I explained eagles draft best players …. Not best positions … Olb or wr or s who knows.

          • Eagles1018

            I meant jump in the sense of trade up. Also, I started my reply with “I agree with you”. To respond to me with words “argue” and “prove my point” as if I was saying you were wrong…either you’re just naturally a wound up confrontational person or insecure. I’ve said this multiple times already, everyone is here for a common cause. Are you looking for someone to argue with? If so, people tend to bash this Maggie a lot. Focus the confrontational remarks that way

        • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

          It’s talk like that, that leaves us with a guard in round one. No thanks. League leading rusher=offensive line is fine. Score more points, OR smash more QBs. It’s a very simple game at its core.

          • Richard Colton

            You really couldn’t be more off here HGCAD.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            We have a good enough line to win THE WHOLE THING. What we struggle with is beating man coverage and sacking the QB. Drafting a linemen before the 4th is a total waste with all the talent in this Draft.

          • Richard Colton

            well, thankfully for us, the Eagles won’t see it that way

        • Richard Colton

          don’t know why this is so hard to grasp.

        • myeaglescantwin

          Howie does in fact use a tiering method.

          regardless, my point was, there is little separation from the 3rd WR to the 8th or 9th WR in this draft. You’re right too, If you establish a player as “your guy”, you draft him regardless of any other factors.

          I trust howie.
          if he and Chip deside the best player on the board at 22 is a WR, I’m down with it.

      • knighn

        Best value available. Practically everyone and their mother has admitted this is the best WR draft in over a decade. If the Eagles want to get one of the best of the best they’ll take one early. I’m pretty sure the Eagles have known for a long time that they were planning to take one early in this draft; this is *part* of the reason the Eagles were so willing to cut DeSean Jackson loose.

        • Andy124

          I call BS. My mother has admitted no such thing.

          • knighn

            Maybe not to you…

        • myeaglescantwin

          Well, no one knows that for certain. It’s widely expected that they will draft his replacement high, but who knows for certain. Talent you can get in rd two isn’t too much better than talent you can pick up in rd-5 this year.

          BPA all day.
          if it’s a wide receiver, i’m in.

  • Andy124

    #don’tlethimleave
    #ever

    • NickS1

      Pretty sure Johnny G is already at the airport waiting in white van…

      • Brandon Boykin, LOL

        Notice the lack of comments from Geags…

      • GEAGLE

        Can’t comment on a thread filled with Maggie’s useless crap. I’ll get banned. She would have to look up UCLAs QBs name, and I have to sit here and pretend like she has ever seen their OLB play a day in his life? Lol get real…catch Yous in the morning when the fool isn’t around

        • JosephR2225

          You two make an adorable couple.

          • GEAGLE

            That’s low. Let’s keep it above the waist please

        • MediaMike

          Be nice.

        • Johnny Domino

          As an authority on useless crap, a couple mornings off wouldn’t hurt.

          Try not to be snippy if you get in before the morning post is in. My paper was late today and it put a real dent in my day.

        • GoBirds1

          JG did you hear the Eagles are considering trading their 1st round pick Graham, and another conditional player for the Chargers’ last year 2nd pick your boy Manti Teo. Or did you just start that rumor

      • Andy124

        If this is true, I’m buying a GEAGLE jersey.

  • Tom W

    Wonder what the cardinals do when Barr and Teddy B and Ealy and Moses and Fuller are sitting there at 20.

    • Joe L

      Moses and Fuller shouldn’t be top 20 picks, but Teddy and Barr there would be interesting.

    • MediaMike

      The answer used to be; “draft whoever Bidwell could get to sign for the least amount of money.” Sadly we can’t count on that anymore.

    • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

      They’re in the perfect situation to take Bridgewater. Couple young RBs, Ellington in particular could go ham. Line is shaky, but serviceable. Floyd and Fitz are two nice big safety valves, maybe Housler builds a relationship with the young QB, & stays healthy. Not necessarily the best spot for Teddy, but a good move from the Cards standpoint.

  • GEAGLE

    Stop moderating my comments, just let me blast her once and for all and you welcome to ban me…well worth it

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      dude, grow up, i mean c’mon that’s absurd

    • Jeff Asay

      Thought you had blocked her posts. Better that than torturing yourself.

    • Johnny Domino

      I agree, down in flames is a good route to go here.

  • MediaMike

    I was feeling good about this guy until I was forced to read Baldinger’s “analysis” on what the Eagles might do in the draft. His Wikipedia page references his “handy repertoire of clichés.”
    Brutal.
    Being associated with 97.5 is a negative as well.

    • Joe L

      You wiki’d Brian Baldinger?

      • MediaMike

        Yeah because I wanted to slime him for being from Pittsburgh, but it turns out he moved away from there as a kid. I like being a bombastic maniac, but I need to base it on fact-ish material.

    • Maggie

      Glad to read that others consider using Wikipedia for reference purposes. It can be a useful tool.

  • MediaMike

    How about this draft?

    Your score is: 5956 (GRADE: A)

    Your Picks:
    Round 2 Pick 12 (STL): Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame (A)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois (A)
    Round 3 Pick 11 (STL): Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech (A)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville (A)
    Round 3 Pick 27 (N.O.): Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss (A)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (A)
    Round 7 Pick 22: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma (A)

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Think you lucked out on Marcus Smith still being there well into the 3rd & also being out there beyond Attaochu. Now the only question is, what do you do with them both?

      • Joe L

        Rush the passer.

    • CSA

      That would be a pretty amazing draft. I’m not crazy about Murray for us but that is quibbling when we’re talking the 5th round. Trading down and still getting Nix, Ward, and Attaochu would pretty much be my dream scenario.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    As I’ve stated, Barr is the only guy I seriously consider making a leap up the board for. For those that question his play against the run… He’s been playing defense for 2yrs! 2yrs and he has the makings of becoming an excellent pass rusher, while he works on the other stuff. The guy’s upside is through the roof and people wanna talk about “well he can’t set the edge”. Gimme a break. You wouldn’t know talent if it fell from the sky and hit you in the head. That’s something you can teach. You can’t teach his crazy intangibles and ridiculously freaky athleticism.

    • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

      If Mike Evans feel to the mid teens he’d be worth the jump and the price to me as well. I feel the same way about criticism of his route running add you do about Barr’s detractors. That kids gonna make impact plays. Not many WRs can step in day one and compete on this level. He’s one that will. Evans is a 15 TD season waiting to happen.

    • Joe L

      His biggest knock isn’t his run defense I think. Once he’s engaged by the OL he can’t turn speed into power and he gets locked up. It’s due to his skinny lower body. Can that be built up? Sure, but I’d imagine it would take a couple seasons if not more before he’s more than just a pure speed guy.

    • CSA

      There’s nothing wrong with you having that opinion. You are absolutely correct that he’s an amazing athlete and I love his pursuit. I get pretty scared however when I think of spending our 1st round pick on a guy that I watch get blocked out of plays by a mediocre college tight end. I might be wrong. (wouldn’t be the first time). His upside is certainly incredibly high and I’d love to have him on the team. At 22 I don’t feel comfortable with the risk. Obviously you do.

  • Rick H

    Just a general comment and I hope it is well received. This is a really neat website with great writers Sheil & Tim. We all get frustrated with other people’s comments (myself included). I am truly hoping that this doesn’t turn into a spitting match among various people posting.
    Can we agree to back off from going after each other? I know I have done it sometimes but I have truly made an effort to stop when it happened.
    The articles are really generally good and so are the interactive comments made to each other. Let’s not lose that! That is what makes this interesting and fun!

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Just for the record, my comment below isn’t aimed at anyone in particular. Just can’t believe someone would say Barr can’t set the edge, with his crazy upside after only 2yrs playing on defense.

    • GoBirds1

      Feel free to go to the gay eagle fan blog and chat with LAEAGLE there!!!

      • Jeff Asay

        Feel free to go to Philly.com where commenters throw out homophobic slurs while hiding behind a fake name.

  • Token

    Im glad they keep showing interest in Barr and Evans. As much as I like Evans, I think Barr is who I would trade assets away for. WR is just deeper.

    I was thinking about how we only have 6 picks. But, we are a young team overall. So could we afford to trade away a pick or two? Maybe. Theres still a number of holes that need filled. And it would mean Howie and Chip would really have to hit on middle or late round players. And do work in UDFA.

    But whats the cost to move from 22 to like 15? A 3rd? A 3rd and next years 5th? Two 3rds? I would do that this year if it meant Barr. They need the position that badly and I think hes got the potential to trade up for. Then you still have your 2nd this year to get another real good player……..

    But maybe it costs more than that to trade up? Someone fill me in.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      In with you. If I’m moving up Barr is my target over Evans.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      this may help. gives you a baseline at least (not exact science)

      http://www.draftcountdown.com/features/Value-Chart.php

      example- our pick is worth 780, #15 is 1050. 270pt difference. 3rd and a 3rd next year? 4th and next yr 2nd/4th? something along those lines maybe

      • Maggie

        I think cliff was using these umbers as well recently, giving picks a numeric value of some kind.

    • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

      I hate hearing that WR is deeper so it’s ok to wait until the 2nd or later. I love Allen Robinson, but he’s not Mike Evans. Neither are Adams, Matthews, Lattimer, Bennett, or Benjamin. So let’s stop pretending. I too have faith in Chips ability to capitalize on the defenses shortcomings, but let’s not fall into this trap leftover from the Reid regime that the scheme alone will lead us to the Lombardi. You need IMPACT PLAYERS. . Get you some!

      • Token

        Well , a OLB is just a much more important position for us. Especially considering we have so little there.

        I wouldnt be mad if they went offense tho with the 1st pick. If they traded up for Evans, cool. I actually think its more likely they go WR. Im just saying what I would do.

        Its a matter of talent drop off. After Barr and Ford I think the guys you are looking at arent very attractive. The drop off from Evans at WR isnt as severe. But I do realize the problem becomes what WRs will be left at our pick in the 2nd round……. Its tough.

        • Richard Colton

          Really fun to watch the arc of the draft stock of some of these players. Barr, for whatever reason, was a top 8 pick last month. Evans was going in the 20s. Now, a top 10 pick for Evans isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Barr could fall to #22

        • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

          There’s enough players there to get a productive WR in the 2nd. I’d just want that surefire BEAST. I think Evans is that dude. Couple other kids COULD be that special too. I just think Mike will be 4 sure. I wouldn’t of their went nuts and got up to pick 6 by trading away NEXT year’s picks, and holding to this year’s. Then drafted either Barr or Evans. F#ck it. GO BIG!

      • GMaddox

        Evidently, you don’t pay a lot of attention to recent moves. By cutting their #1 wideout and the most dangerous wide out in their division, the Birds now own the scheme trumps talent label. Let’s hope they are right.

    • Will

      Here’s a neat site with a trade chart…

      http://www.drafttek.com/NFL-Trade-Value-Chart.asp

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Can someone please explain why my comments seem to be flagged recently for approval? I attack nobody on here personally, not my style. I can understand foul language, but my last comment isn’t even close to foul & I typically don’t use the language. SMH

    • Richard Colton

      I reported you for having an obvious fake name

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Haha. And there goes another to be approved. Apparently my parents lied to me all these years.

        • Andy124

          It’s been happening to everybody. I’m guessing it’s some kind of new Disqus glitch.

  • Will

    Your score is: 5698 (GRADE: A)

    Your Picks:

    Round 1 Pick 22: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (A)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA (A)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
    Round 5 Pick 15 (MIA): Andre Williams, RB, Boston College (A)
    Round 5 Pick 22: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers (A)
    Round 6 Pick 14 (MIA): Chris Boswell, K, Rice (A)

    • Jerry Pomroy

      You addict…lol. Umm, where’s my OLB??

      • Will

        BPA…waiting on the Draft Day blockbuster Dion Jordan trade so nix the first or second pick…Attaboy fell to me at rd2 pick #22 but the game likes the OG was trying for all A’s…

  • jt521

    watch your mouth using h*ck so freely…