Name: Derrick Barnes Position: Linebacker College: Purdue Height: 6’0” Weight: 238 lbs Overall Rank: No. 99 overall Position Rank: LB9 Strengths: Derrick Barnes demonstrated versatility in his time at Purdue and NFL teams will like that there’s tape of him playing off-ball linebacker and as a defensive end with his hand in the dirt. Barnes plays with excellent power and a nasty attitude. He won’t back down from the physicality of playing in the box and brings impressive overall athleticism. He’s got the sort of frame and explosiveness that NFL teams want, including a finisher’s mentality that locks on to targets and increases his speed into and through the contact point. Barnes fits flow well and keeps his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage as long as possible while maintaining gap integrity. There’s no doubt he can come in on Day 1 and be a valuable special teams contributor.
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