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Anthony Barr

Linebacker | UCLA

Any player who tallies 21.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks in a season clearly had a great year. But the fact that Anthony Barr did it having never played defense prior to last season makes it that much more impressive. Jim Mora switched Barr from a fullback/running back hybrid to an outside linebacker when he installed the 3-4 scheme and Barr quickly blossomed into one of the top defensive players in the country. Even before he decided to return for another season, he was ranked as high as 10th on Mel Kiper's Big Board. With an additional year of seasoning and refining his technique, look for Barr to build on what was already an outstanding first season as a defensive player.
-- Kevin Gemmell