Photo of Tavaris Barnes

Combine Results

4.96 ?
  • 4.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 282LBS. Weight
  • 8 1/2" Hands


2014: Played in 13 games, started three games. Scored a TD on a fumble recovery vs. Louisville. 2013: Played in 13 games, started one game. 2012: Played in 12 games (did not start any games). 2011: Played in nine games (did not start any games). 2010: Redshirted.

Pro Day Results

20-yard shuttle: 4.62 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.56 seconds
Vertical jump: 31 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet



Athletic base end with broad shoulders and well-defined legs. Good initial foot quickness off the ball. Springs into blockers with arms extended, keeping himself clean. Crashes hard down the line in back-side pursuit and plays with energy. Intriguing potential as interior third-down rusher, using twists and stunts.


Never a full-time starter. Failed to play in more than 30 percent of the defensive snaps in any of his four years at Clemson. Is underdeveloped as a pass rusher. Will bull rush and use an occasional slant move to pressure quarterback, but lacking in skill right now. Needs to improve hand usage as rusher. Run-around athlete still learning the game.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

NFL Comparison

Jarius Wynn

Bottom Line

Possesses the size and raw athleticism to warrant a look and the tape suggests that he could open some eyes with quickness and explosion numbers. Barnes doesn't play like an instinctual end at this time, but the traits are intriguing, even though he appears to be a project at this point.
-Lance Zierlein
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.