Anthony Barr   #55 OLB

Height: 6-5   Weight: 255   Age: 26

Born: 3/18/1992 South Bend , IN

College: UCLA

Experience: 5th season

High School: Loyola HS [Los Angeles, CA]









Draft 2014

Pick No.9

Selected By: Minnesota Vikings

Round: 1

Pick (Overall): 9 (9)

Pick Analysis: Born in South Bend, Ind., and raised in a Notre Dame family: His father, Tony Brooks, played fullback at Notre Dame and was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 1992 draft; uncle, Reggie Brooks, played running back at ND, was fifth in the 1992 Heisman voting and played 41 games with the Redskins and Buccaneers (1993-96); and uncle Cedric Figaro played linebacker for the Irish as well as 98 games for the Chargers, Colts, Browns and Rams (1988-92, 1995-96). Anthony grew up in Los Angeles and was raised by his mother, who is part of a large extended family, including Anthony's grandparents, who were like second parents to him. Ran track and was an all-state running back in high school, totaling 1,890 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior (dealt with hip pointers) before suffering a season-ending broken ankle in September of his senior season. According to Barr, he felt effects of the injury through his freshman season. Highly recruited, he spurned Notre Dame, not wanting to play receiver, and signed with UCLA and then-head coach Rick Neuheisel in order to play running back and remain close to home. As a true freshman in 2010, rushed six times for 29 yards (4.8-yard average) and no touchdowns with nine receptions for 66 yards (7.3) and no touchdowns in 12 games, including four starts at the Bruins' F-back (hybrid running back/tight end/receiver). Started 7 of 12 games played at the F-back in 2011, rushing nine times for 25 yards and a TD and three catches for 16 yards and a TD. Had arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and missed three October contests. Converted to 3-4 right outside linebacker under new head coach Jim Mora Jr., then-defensive coordinator Lou Spanos and linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich (current DC). Sustained a head injury during 2012 fall camp and began the season with a cast protecting a broken left index finger. Started all 14 games and ranked second nationally in sacks behind Steelers 2013 first-rounder Jarvis Jones; recorded 83 tackles, 21.5 for loss and 13.5 sacks with five pass breakups, four forced fumbles, a blocked kick and a safety. Dealt a season-ending blow to USC quarterback and 2013 Eagles fourth-rounder Matt Barkley. Sustained a head injury during 2013 fall camp but started all 13 games at ROLB and registered 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks with a pass breakup and five forced fumbles. Won the Lott IMPACT award and was a finalist for the Lombardi, Bednarik and Butkus awards. Team captain. Was invited but did not participate in the Senior Bowl.


Video Playlist

  1. On the Clock: Inside Barr's draft week

    Published: May 13, 2014 at 09:00 p.m.

    Linebacker Anthony Barr's dreams finally became reality at the 2014 NFL Draft, when he was selected No. 9 overall by the Minnesota Vikings. Re-live his eventful draft week.

  2. Vikings select Barr with No. 9 pick

    Published: May 8, 2014 at 09:23 p.m.

    The Minnesota Vikings select UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  3. Anthony Barr would love to play for Cowboys

    Published: May 5, 2014 at 07:08 p.m.

    UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr stops by to discuss his transition from offense to defense, his physicality as a defender and the rumors that he may be drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

  4. Game Changers: Barr makes case as No. 1 pick

    Published: April 29, 2014 at 08:58 p.m.

    Anthony Barr sits down with Steve Mariucci to explain his transition from running back to hard-hitting linebacker, and also justifies why he should be the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  5. On the Clock: Barr goes back home

    Published: May 1, 2014 at 08:57 p.m.

    Anthony Barr takes a visit back to his home and relives the remarkable journey he took to become a top prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft.

  6. 2014 Draft profile: LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

    Published: April 13, 2014 at 04:54 p.m.

    Take a look at the college highlights of UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr.

  7. Barr: The perfect prospect?

    Published: March 21, 2014 at 08:13 p.m.

    Anthony Barr thinks he's "the perfect prospect," but what does our panel of draft experts think? Will the former UCLA Bruin be the first linebacker taken off the board?

  8. First Draft: Anthony Barr

    Published: March 19, 2014 at 04:12 p.m.

    UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr talks about his transition to playing linebacker full time and expresses an understanding that the draft is only the beginning and plenty of work lies ahead.

  9. Scout vs. Scout: Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack?

    Published: April 24, 2014 at 03:48 p.m.

    Will UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr or Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack have the better pro career? Former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah debate.

  10. Barr on cusp of NFL dream

    Published: March 6, 2014 at 08:47 p.m.

    Linebacker Anthony Barr is considered a potential first-round draft pick, but not long ago he almost abandoned football. Hear the former UCLA Bruin discuss his unique path to the pros.

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