NFL Network’s Mike Mayock talked draft during a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. Below are three Eagles-related takeaways.
1. The Eagles have made trades in the first round in three of the past five drafts. Is it possible they make a move again this year? It seems somewhat unlikely, considering they have six overall picks and this is considered a deep draft. But if they were to pull the trigger, who would be the most likely targets?
“Let’s face it. If possible, they need defensive impact players,” Mayock said. “If [Anthony] Barr from UCLA were to start to slide, I think he’d be a guy they could trade up for. They need a 3-4 outside linebacker edge type. I think if Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the safety from Alabama, started to slide, he’d be another consideration. They’re the two that would make the most sense to me if they started to slide.” Read more »
Anthony Barr began his college career at UCLA on the offensive side of the ball.
In high school, he averaged 171 rushing yards per game, but suffered a broken ankle as a senior and struggled to get healthy as a college freshman. During his sophomore year, Barr got limited touches, and when Jim Mora took over, it was decided that Barr would be best served moving to the defensive side of the ball.
Two years later, the 6-5, 255-pound outside linebacker is in position to be a first-round pick in May’s draft. Read more »
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.” Read more »
Linebackers took center stage along with defensive linemen at the combine Monday. Some notes to pass along:
— Could the Eagles be within striking distance of UCLA’s Anthony Barr on draft day? Mike Mayock, for one, doesn’t believe Barr is a top-10 player.
UCLA’s Anthony Barr is Mayock’s No. 3 linebacker, but Mayock doesn’t think Barr is a top-10 pick. While Barr is a good pass rusher, Mayock said that “when he doesn’t win with speed,” he has issues. Mayock also said Barr is best against the run as a chaser: “He’s not real strong at the point of attack.”
Some pundits disagree. Mel Kiper, as an example, has Barr going sixth overall.
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. This after starting his college career on the offensive side of the ball as a running back and wide receiver. He 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. Read more »