Photo of Shaquil  Barrett
5.24 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 260LBS. Weight


Married with two sons. Originally from Maryland. Attended Baltimore City College his first two years of high school before moving to Nebraska, where he won a state wrestling championship. Began his college career at Division II Nebraska-Omaha. Started 10 of 11 games as a true freshman for the Mavericks in 2010 and recorded 82 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks with three forced fumbles and four blocked kicks (two punts, two field goals). Transferred to CSU when Nebraska-Omaha dropped football. Was on the two-deep by the end of 2011, then an injury to strong-side linebacker Mychal Sisson enabled Barrett to start the final 11 games at middle linebacker (incumbent MLB James Skelton shifted to strong side). Led the Rams in tackles with 99 to go with 4.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks with three pass breakups, a 52-yard interception touchdown and a forced fumble. Played defensive end in 2012, when he started 10 of 12 games and produced 67 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, with a batted pass, a 49-yard INT TD and two forced fumbles. Did not start against Hawaii (left leg) or Boise State (ankle). Was the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. Started all 14 games at right defensive end, registering 80 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks with two batted passes, an interception and two forced fumbles. Sprained his ankle against San Jose State. Team captain.



Solid instincts -- around the ball a lot. Flattens down the line and runs to the ball. Plays hard. Good closing speed and pursuit production. Strong tackler. Flashes power to walk back big blockers and is disciplined defending the run. Beat Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio for a sack, using trademark rip move to come underneath. Has a knack for stripping the ball.


Does not pass the eyeball test -- slew-footed with stiff hips and segmented, mechanical movement skills. Lacks ideal first-step quickness to trim the corner. Near-liability in man coverage. Has wide shoulders and gets stuck on blocks too long. Benchpressed 225 pounds only 16 times at his pro day.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

A tough, productive, stand-up rush linebacker who might not look pretty, but consistently gets the job done. Came through in clutch situations and displayed a knack for making timely and game-changing big plays. A better football player than athlete.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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.