Derek Barnett-DL-Tennessee
Size: 6’3 265lbs

Derek Barnett

Strengths:

  • Great hand usage
  • Pass rusher extraordinaire
  • Elite production
  • Field awareness
  • High motor

Analysis: Going into Derek Barnett’s tape I was excited to see a player who broke records set by the great Reggie White. I was not disappointed in Barnett’s tape. His hands are strong, fast, efficient and lethal. Punch-and-discard winner. As rusher, swats are well-timed discarding tackle’s punch attempt. Attacks the edge with good forward lean and works hands and feet in harmony on road to the quarterback. Uses jab steps and lateral movement to search for the edge of the blocker. Has leverage and strength to play right through redirects. Elite production on par with former Vol and Hall of Famer Reggie White against run and as sack artist. Not content to just set the edge — wants to make the play. Delivers crushing tackles and sacks when given the opportunity. Hustle player who pursues the play with intent. Rag-dolls tight ends at point of attack. Plus field awareness recognizing play-action, reverses, and screens. Fluid enough to drop into space and play some zone.

Weaknesses:

  • Thinks instead of reacting
  • Too aggressive at times
  • Length
  • Change of direction issues

Analysis: Derek Barnett is an admitted slow starter who has had issues with sluggishness to start a season. He will overthink his play at times rather than just reacting. Can be undisciplined with guessing snap count and taking penalties. Change-of-direction issues typical of a broad-waisted big man. Struggles to redirect movements suddenly once momentum starts rolling downhill. Quarterbacks with pocket mobility can elude him. Substantially more twitch in hands than in feet. Feet are average. Initial burst upfield is average. Times snap count to help with his get-off. Aggressive forward charge opens him up to cut blocks. Long stride creates base inconsistencies at point of attack. Length is a concern. The questions I have for Barnett…can he still win without decisive, early victories with his hands?

NFL Comparison: Robert Mathis

Draft Projection: Round 1

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