Cody Barton

Utah
LB

Prospect Info

College
Utah
Hometown
Class
UT
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
237 lbs
31 7/8”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.44
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Seattle
Seahawks
Round 3 ‧ Pick 25
40 Yard Dash
4.64u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
30
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
32.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
116.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.9
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.03
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.47
Seconds
 

Playlist

Barton is coming off an honorable mention All-Pac-12 season as a senior, leading his team with 116 tackles while also being credited with 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception, and six pass breakups. He had been a part-time starter the previous two seasons, at rover in 2016 (five starts in 11 games with 66 tackles, 8.5 for loss, and three pass breakups) and at linebacker in 2017 (four starts in 13 games with 45 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and four sacks). He had seven tackles in 12 games as a reserve as a true freshman in 2015, just one year after earning first-team all-state honors at Salt Lake City's Brighton High School. His brother, Jackson (the Utes' starting left tackle), is also looking for an NFL job in 2019.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
Overview
Tough inside linebacker who relies on strength, effort and early diagnosis to rack up tackle production. Barton has played inside and outside linebacker spots but will likely lock in as an inside linebacker in odd or even fronts. His speed, strength and short-area-quickness testing were all strong at the combine, which should help push him up. He's an instinctive, tough player with backup and special teams ability who should hear his name called in the middle rounds.
Strengths
  • Parents and siblings were all college athletes
  • Good definition in his upper body
  • Instinctive to feel play direction and grab early jump
  • Has quick, heavy hands
  • Upper body strength to punch and stack tight ends
  • Adequate shed technique and success
  • Patient but thorough as tackler
  • Vigilant to break down in space and drive chest through target
  • Makes necessary adjustments to secure and finish
  • Man cover experience with above-average zone awareness
  • Recognizes route combinations and flows to incoming targets
Weaknesses
  • Just one season as full-time starter
  • Weighed just 227 pounds at Shrine Game
  • Lacks discipline in scrapes to the football
  • More consistent run fits must be prioritized
  • Attempts to play in front of blocks leads to lost leverage
  • Below-average block slipper
  • More chase than capture due to average range
  • Movement is a little lumbering and lacking twitch
  • Lateral change of direction is too gradual
  • Missed easy interception opportunities from zone
Sources Tell Us

"I like how he plays and I put a backup/special teams grade on him. I like his play strength and he's going to be much faster than people might think." -- Area scout for AFC team

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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