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Graham Barton - OT Duke



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At first glance, Barton would be a perfect fit for what the Niners like and need in their offensive line. Excellent run blocker, good pass protector, and position versatility. The chance to add this type of player is the biggest reason why the Niners shouldn't trade away their #1 pick this year. Have to hope he drops down to the end of the 1st round.
Good OT class, should be there with Morgan and maybe Suamataia
To me, he's a guard. A damn good guard tho.
His tape looks good. But I'm concerned about his fit in our scheme due to length. He doesn't seem very tall and length is very important to Kyle.
Not a tackle IMO, and I don't love his movement. Athletic doesn't mean you will be a good NFL pro. It's limited sample, but looks like a guy that'll get pushed around in the NFL.
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Not a tackle IMO, and I don't love his movement. Athletic doesn't mean you will be a good NFL pro. It's limited sample, but looks like a guy that'll get pushed around in the NFL.

Point taken. This guy apparently can play anywhere on the line, so he may be a good C/OG prospect which is something the Niners can use as well.
The 49ers don't have many "needs," given they are one of the most talented teams in the NFL. But an area where they could stand to improve this offseason is on the interior of their offensive line. Barton has started at left tackle for the Duke Blue Devils the last two seasons, but his home in the pros will likely be at center or guard due to lack of arm length. Outside of that, though, there is a ton to like about his game. His balance, his grip strength and his mentality are all NFL caliber.

-pff
I like him as a center, less so as a guard and not at all as a tackle. At tackle he'd get beat in ways that would have people yearning for McGlinchey to come back.
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
I like him as a center, less so as a guard and not at all as a tackle. At tackle he'd get beat in ways that would have people yearning for McGlinchey to come back.

Apparently, the scouting community agrees with you and there are plans to try him out at the Senior Bowl at Center. Going to be interesting to see how he transitions inside against some good competition.
Originally posted by m_brockalexander:
Apparently, the scouting community agrees with you and there are plans to try him out at the Senior Bowl at Center. Going to be interesting to see how he transitions inside against some good competition.

The Senior Bowl is always great to see how certain guys perform against high level competition and also how they might handle different positions. I think Barton has potential Pro Bowl upside as a center with his combination of athleticism, grasp of defensive tendencies, football IQ and footwork. Playing at center negates a lot of his biggest weaknesses while emphasizing his strengths. In Barton's case its not 100% guessing as he already played center in college before moving to left tackle and acquitted himself very well.

Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by m_brockalexander:
Apparently, the scouting community agrees with you and there are plans to try him out at the Senior Bowl at Center. Going to be interesting to see how he transitions inside against some good competition.

The Senior Bowl is always great to see how certain guys perform against high level competition and also how they might handle different positions. I think Barton has potential Pro Bowl upside as a center with his combination of athleticism, grasp of defensive tendencies, football IQ and footwork. Playing at center negates a lot of his biggest weaknesses while emphasizing his strengths. In Barton's case its not 100% guessing as he already played center in college before moving to left tackle and acquitted himself very well.

didn't they do that with Meinerz also?
I would guarantee Graham Barton is one of the top OL on Kyle and John Lynch's list. He has all the intangibles, is versatile, and is strong in the run game. Reminds me of Mike McGlinchey in a lot of ways. Listen to him interview. If his 10 yard split is good he will be on the 49ers radar at pick 31.
Originally posted by OCT111981:
I would guarantee Graham Barton is one of the top OL on Kyle and John Lynch's list. He has all the intangibles, is versatile, and is strong in the run game. Reminds me of Mike McGlinchey in a lot of ways. Listen to him interview. If his 10 yard split is good he will be on the 49ers radar at pick 31.

lost me at the McGlinchey comparison...but I think Barton is better
I'd take him at 31 as a Center.
One good thing is he's a knee bender, not a waist bender.

I don't think he is as powerful as Frazier, JPJ, or Haynes though.
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