Few prospects are born with the size of Barnes, but the biggest issue is finding a position that fits such a mammoth sized player. For Barnes, it was nose tackle int he Yellow Jackets three man front. The senior played behind Vance Walker, a current NFL player, who helped shape the interior behemoth to the player he is today.In fact, Barnes's brother, former FSU tight end Beau Reliford, already went through the draft prroess last season.
After redshirting in 2008, Barnes played in all 14 games in 2009, making one start and gaining more playing time as the season went along. That season he totaled 16 total tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss. It was much of the same in 2010, as Barnes played in 12 games, starting one. He recorded 20 total tackles including a half tackle or loss. Barnes continued his backup duty in 2011, recording 11 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. Then, as a senior, Barnes rotated in and out of the starting lineup, tallying 28 total tackles including five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.