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Drafting OLB Anthony Barr

Originally posted by m_brockalexander:
Could he be a 3-4 OLB in your opinion?

No, absolutely not. That's basically the consensus on him. Poor lateral agility, can't ever imagine this guy having to drop back into coverage.


Here's an excerpt from his ESPN profile.


"Best suited to play LDE in a 4-3 scheme and really doesn't project well to other positions/schemes in NFL. Lacks burst and flexibility 4-3 teams typically covet at RDE. Has shown flashes of being able to reduce to DT and rush QB on obvious passing downs, but needs to master his own trade first. Too many athletic limitations for 34OLB, and as it stands now; lacks bulk/base for 34 DE."
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Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
No, absolutely not. That's basically the consensus on him. Poor lateral agility, can't ever imagine this guy having to drop back into coverage.


Here's an excerpt from his ESPN profile.


"Best suited to play LDE in a 4-3 scheme and really doesn't project well to other positions/schemes in NFL. Lacks burst and flexibility 4-3 teams typically covet at RDE. Has shown flashes of being able to reduce to DT and rush QB on obvious passing downs, but needs to master his own trade first. Too many athletic limitations for 34OLB, and as it stands now; lacks bulk/base for 34 DE."

What? I don't understand all this talk about not being able to play in certain schemes.. he's the #2 rated OLB at Great Blue North Draft report and I have Barr and Shazier ranked higher than Mack who's the #1 rated OLB... Barr will be a superstar and can play multiple positions.. his athletic limitations? He is strong in every drill he's done compared to other OLB's... he started at UCLA as a running back...geez...
Originally posted by Jd925:
What? I don't understand all this talk about not being able to play in certain schemes.. he's the #2 rated OLB at Great Blue North Draft report and I have Barr and Shazier ranked higher than Mack who's the #1 rated OLB... Barr will be a superstar and can play multiple positions.. his athletic limitations? He is strong in every drill he's done compared to other OLB's... he started at UCLA as a running back...geez...

They're talking about Kareem Martin trying to play OLB
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Originally posted by FunkNinerFlex:
They're talking about Kareem Martin trying to play OLB

Lol.. my bad...
Originally posted by Jd925:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
No, absolutely not. That's basically the consensus on him. Poor lateral agility, can't ever imagine this guy having to drop back into coverage.


Here's an excerpt from his ESPN profile.


"Best suited to play LDE in a 4-3 scheme and really doesn't project well to other positions/schemes in NFL. Lacks burst and flexibility 4-3 teams typically covet at RDE. Has shown flashes of being able to reduce to DT and rush QB on obvious passing downs, but needs to master his own trade first. Too many athletic limitations for 34OLB, and as it stands now; lacks bulk/base for 34 DE."

What? I don't understand all this talk about not being able to play in certain schemes.. he's the #2 rated OLB at Great Blue North Draft report and I have Barr and Shazier ranked higher than Mack who's the #1 rated OLB... Barr will be a superstar and can play multiple positions.. his athletic limitations? He is strong in every drill he's done compared to other OLB's... he started at UCLA as a running back...geez...

Some experts (Todd McShay) are comparing him to Aaron Maybin as well. So nothing is guaranteed homie.

Regardless, the Niners aren't going OLB in round 1, so I wouldn't be concerned.
Barr is great. But he won't be there when we pick. Him plus Aldon would be amazing though.