Derek Barnett
Projection
Round 1
Grade
A
6.90
Starter

Derek Barnett

Edge
Tennessee
  • Year: Junior
  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 259
  • 40-Yard: 4.88
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Adequate size for a 4-3 DE. Plays with strength and power. Very good initial quickness and first step. Dominant edge rusher with moves and counter moves. Can really close on the QB. Good to very good run defender who finds the ball and makes plays. Can shed quickly and is a sure tackler. Flashes the ability to 2-gap.

Weak Points

Wish he was a little taller. Arms are a bit short for an edge guy (31 1/8). Didn't lift at the Combine and his 40 was very average for an outsude guy. Can he play OLB in a 3-4? Did not lift in Indy.

The Way We See It

Off his tape, I had Barnett as the No. 2 edge guy in this class. While his tape is excellent, his measurables are not. Did not run as fast as expected, was a bit light and has short arms. The teams that pay close attention to the measurables will drop him a little on their boards. Still, on tape this is a dominant football player. Gave Alabama's Cam Robinson fits during that matchup. He is a very good edge rusher and plays the run very well. While his 40 time was average, he has an excellent first step, can use his hands and stay low. He is a good fit for a 4-3 as a right end and has to prove he can play on his feet for the 3-4 teams to have genuine interest.