If you love the NFL Draft, there’s never a time that’s too early to watch prospects, and many draftniks are already looking forward to the transition from the end of the NFL season to draft season. Here are some players you should watch this weekend and some news regarding some prospects you may or may not have heard of:
UCLA Bruins outside linebacker Anthony Barr has been one the top pass-rushers in college football over the past two seasons, and he could be terrorizing quarterbacks in the NFL soon enough. So it comes as no surprise when ESPN NFL Draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both pegged Barr as their No. 2 overall prospect in their latest ESPN NFL Draft prospect rankings.
“Barr has been dominant this season. He has played with great effort, and he possesses very good first-step quickness and elite closing burst as a pass-rusher and a run defender,” McShay wrote. “He has ideal size and length for his position, and his versatility to not just contribute as a pass-rusher but also to hold up well in the run and when dropping into pass coverage adds to his draft value.”
He’ll need to play like an eventual top-5 draft pick today, as the 19th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils can clinch the Pac-12 South Division with a victory over No. 14 UCLA Bruins today, and Barr will have to be at his best to keep that from happening.
That game will on FOX at 7:00 p.m. EST tonight.