BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his senior and junior campaigns. Totals last season included 69/22.5/6 after 45/15.5/11 the prior year. Used at both defensive end and linebacker in college.
POSITIVES: Athletic defender who makes a lot of plays going forwards. Breaks down well, quick off the snap and effectively uses hand technique to protect himself. Fluid changing direction, slides laterally to make plays and effective in pursuit. Fast off the edge
NEGATIVES: Undersized, lacks playing strength and controlled at the point by opposing tight ends. Rarely makes plays in space.
ANALYSIS: A defender who has terrorized quarterbacks the past two seasons, Barnes is a developmental prospect who has possibilities as a one-gap linebacker.