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-Built like a power defensive end for a 4-3 alignment with very good athleticism for his size. Very good center of balance with little to no wasted movements. Smooth athlete.
-Rare football intelligence and ability to key and diagnose plays. Does an excellent job of anticipating snap counts, especially with help of crowd noise when playing at home, and uses diligent film study to his advantage to target opposition's weaknesses.
-Elite ability to transition speed to power in his rush and use his strong lower body to generate power.
-Very good sudden burst off the line of scrimmage from a 3 point stance, which he is most natural rushing from.
-Always around the ball and making plays during critical moments in the game. Single-handedly impacts momentum and gets hotter the brighter the lights get.
-Natural lean and bend in his pass rush. Rare ability to turn the corner around the offensive tackle for his size, using his unreal ankle flexibility to get almost horizontal to the ground.
-Solid base in run support and does well to go through progressions to find the football through traffic.
-Active hand usage and consistently grabs offensive linemen's hands and violently throws them out of the way. Outstanding "head fake" move to compliment his speed, which he used several times with success against Texas A&M in 2016.
-Always attacking the ball and is a turnover magnet. QBs seldom escape Barnett's grasp when he gets a hold of them and closes on ball-carriers with bad intentions.
-NFL Combine will be big for scouts checking some AA boxes on Barnett, particularly the short shuttle and 10-yard split to confirm the SAQ and COD ability that seems to be good on film.
-Freelances from assignments from time to time to try and take advantage of mismatches studied off film and game flow.
-Needs to maintain leverage more consistently and stay lower into pass protector's chest.
-May be limited as a strong side defensive end at the next level due to his reliance on winning with technique and power.
-Did not get many opportunities to drop back in coverage, but appeared stiff and seemed out of place when asked to do so.
-Takes himself out of players by taking poor angles to the football. At times, loses leverage at POA and gets washed out altogether.
-Came to Tennessee already quite refined with his hand usage, but will need to add some more pass rush moves to his arsenal at the next level.
-Shows a tendency during key moments in the game or when losing to press and create a turnover against just making the solid form tackle.
-Barnett has some injury history teams will want to delve into. He suffered from a chip bone in his hip at the end of the 2015 season and also underwent shoulder surgery in January 2016.
-According to commentators during the 2016 Music City Bowl, Barnett is described as a "quiet presence" in the locker room but has been known to challenge his teammates when he feels they are not playing to their potential, which at times may cause friction. It should be noted, however, that in the same game, teammates showered Barnett with congratulations and showed genuine emotion after the play in which he got the sack that broke the Reggie White school record for career sacks.
-Barnett is an elite trash talker between plays, which I love as long as players can consistently back it up. Barnett can.
4 Star recruit rated by
ESPN( #12 Strongside Defensive End in Country)
247 Sports (#25 Defensive End in Country)
Rivals (#10 Defensive End in the Country)
Scout (#27 Defensive End in the Country)
Three year starter at the University of Tennessee
Averaged double digit sacks in each of his three years at UT
Broke Reggie White’s University of Tennessee sack record of 32 that White did in four years (1980-1984), Barnett did in three years with a total of 33
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ATHLETIC ABILITY: 5
MENTAL PROCESSING: 6
PLAY STRENGTH: 7
PLAY SPEED: 5
COMPETITIVE TOUGHNESS: 7
PASS RUSH: 13
RUN DEFENSE: 11
TOTAL GRADE: 86
BEST FIT: Strong side defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.
PLAYER COMPARISON: Willie McGinest
INTERESTED TEAMS: TBD