Alex Barnes

Kansas St.
RB
RB03

Prospect Info

College
Kansas St.
Hometown
Class
Pittsburg, Kan.
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
226 lbs
31”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.44
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.59
Seconds
 
Bench Press
34
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
38.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
126.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.95
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.1
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.72
Seconds
 

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Coach Bill Snyder secured one of the best prospects in Kansas when he signed Barnes out of Pittsburg High School. The back ran for 2,361 yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior and was considered a top 10 college recruit in the state. As a redshirt freshman in 2016, he began making an impact on the field, playing in 11 games and rushing for 442 yards and six scores on 56 carries (7.9 average). Barnes started all 13 games as a sophomore (146-819-5.6, seven TD rushing; 5-29-5.8 receiving, one TD pass). He took another step forward in 2018, receiving second-team All-Big 12 notice after posting 1,355 yards and 12 scores on 256 carries (5.3 average) and also catching 20 passes for 194 yards (9.7 per). His production as a junior and the retirement of Snyder from the Wildcats (for the second time) meant it was time to make his way to the NFL.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Overview
Barnes is a productive early draft entrant with good play strength but average ability to elude and create. He appears to lack downhill burst and explosive speed to the corner and is more of a "get what's blocked" back than a dynamic presence with the ball in his hands. His outstanding combine and ability to handle third-down duties should add some value to his draft profile, but his ceiling could be limited.
Strengths
  • Above-average NFL size with tapered waist and proportional frame
  • Impressive production jumps match additional workload last two seasons
  • Adequate vision to find run-lane development
  • Maneuvers along the interior with subtle change of direction
  • Unaffected by punishing lead shoulders and requires a wrap-up attempt
  • Big dip and drive power as run-finisher
  • Used as effective lead-blocking option for quarterback power
  • More than a "leak out" pass-catching option in that offense
  • Shows ability to shake first tackler after the catch
  • Stands in as able and willing blitz pick-up option
Weaknesses
  • Too upright through line of scrimmage
  • Run base is so narrow that knees almost touch
  • Passive burst with restricted stride level when attacking downhill
  • Runs to second level like he's looking for sudden tacklers
  • Feet are heavy in change of direction in tight quarters
  • Will struggle to get back to speed when forced to slow feet early in run
  • Inconsistent securing throws that are outside his frame
  • Can improve his hands on take-on blocks vs
  • blitz

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GRADE
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