Source: Anthony Barr To Visit Eagles
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.