NFL

Derek Barnett is Worth a Top 10 Pick

Can He Play

I mean, he did break Reggie White’s sack record at Tennessee

Who is He
Barnett is a stud pass rusher with enough quickness, strength, and snap anticipation to get to the quarterback. His 40 time was slow, but he ran the three cone drill in under seven seconds, which is a better measurement for a pass rusher. Barnett regularly beat opposing offensive tackles off the snap, and showed the ability to quickly turn the corner and get to the QB in college. He also has great closing speed, and was able to make big plays in big moments. He’s a fit as a 3-4 rush linebacker or a 4-3 DE. He’s a future All-Pro.

Compares To
Aldon Smith-Barnett has similar size to Aldon Smith, they posted similar Combine numbers, and both were not considered elite athletes coming out of college. Hopefully Barnett only shares physical traits with Smith and doesn’t start making bomb threats at LAX.

Where He’ll Go
I’m hoping and praying that he’ll be available at 15 for the Colts selection, but I don’t think he makes it out of the top 10. Maybe for once Cincinnati will draft themselves a decent pass rusher.

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