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Grade
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  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 38.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.72 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 3.96 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 187LBS. Weight

Overview

Barnes is blessed with a good enough combination of size and athleticism to enjoy success in the NFL despite only one full season as a D-I starter. Barnes broke out as a junior, snatching four interceptions and breaking up nine passes in starting all 13 games. Barnes had two interceptions and five passes broken up before suffering a rare shoulder blade fracture as a senior. The injury required surgery and an extended recovery time. Teams are intrigued by his size and speed but wonder how comfortable Barnes, not particularly aggressive in run support or a physical tackler even before the injury, will be afterwards.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good height. ... Long arms which he uses well to shield the receiver from the ball. ... Natural hands for the interception. ... Good straight-line speed. ... Good leaping ability. ... Cognizant zone defender who can close on the ball. ... Generally a reliable open-field tackler. ... Flashes big-hitting ability. Negatives: Very thin in the hips. ... Struggles with large, physical receivers on the line or in run support because he doesn't use his long arms to his full advantage. ... Throws his body around, but misses too many tackles in the open field by putting his head down and failing to wrap. ... Gets hands on the receiver but doesn't knock them off their routes. ... Lacks great awareness on misdirection. ... Plays on the outside on special teams coverage and blocking units, but is not consistently physical enough to make big hits or keep gunners from getting to return men. ... Not as fast on the field as he is in workouts. ... Has a hitch in his turn and has to gather a bit in changing direction. ... Broken shoulder blade that required surgery.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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