Alex Bars

Notre Dame
OL03

Prospect Info

College
Notre Dame
Hometown
Class
TN
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
312 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

4.98
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

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Bars is one of several prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft that comes from a family of college football players. His father, Joe, played linebacker at Notre Dame. His brother, Blake, played on the offensive line at Michigan and another brother, Brad, played on the defensive line at Penn State. That lineage made Bars a ballyhooed prospect coming to South Bend, a top 100 overall recruit and second-team USA Today All-American. He played in six games as a redshirt freshman, starting twice at left guard for injured Quenton Nelson before suffering an ankle injury himself that ended his season. Bars came back to start all 12 games in 2016 at right tackle, then started all 13 games at right guard in 2017. His senior year came to a halt in the fifth game, as a knee injury forced the team's starting left guard to undergo season-ending surgery.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
While Bars' final season was cut short, he does have NFL size and a solid understanding of technique in a variety of run-blocking concepts. Athletic rushers could become a major concern for him due to his waist-bending. Bars does enough things to be considered with a Day 3 selection provided his knee checks out, but he'll have to clean up his technique in order to be more than offensive line depth.
Strengths
  • Team captain in 2018 and starting guard for 2017 position group that won Joe Moore Award for top offensive line in college football
  • Good overall thickness of frame
  • Has base anchor to stand his ground against power
  • Has starting experience at both guard spots and right tackle
  • Works well with teammates on double teams maintaining hip-to-hip approach
  • Features adequate initial quickness into his block fit
  • Uses sturdy post hand to steady and steer his opponent
  • Good understanding of angles and second-level target points on move blocks
  • Quickness to transition to linebacker shooting the B-gap
  • Good overall recognition of twists in pass protection
  • Possesses hearty initial punch to stymie face-up rush challenges.
Weaknesses
  • Excessive waist-bending leads to off-balance whiffs and some early losses
  • Narrows base on move blocks causing below-average contact balance
  • Might lack core strength to control point of attack vs
  • sturdy two-gappers
  • Heavy and awkward out in space
  • Will struggle with long pulls and screen plays
  • Lateral-recovery quickness is below par
  • Edge-to-edge interior rushers could be too much for him to handle
  • Suffered season-ending ACL/MCL tear in September.
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