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Connor Barwin
SELECTED BY: Texans Round 2 (14)
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School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6-3.5, 256
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BIOGRAPHY: "Former reserve tight end who moved to the defensive line as a senior and was awarded all-Conference honors after totals of 53/16/11. Also broke up eight passes last season. Special teams standout as a junior, with pass catching totals of 31/399/2."

POSITIVES: "Productive and athletic prospect who may have finally found his niche on the defensive line. Plays with good leverage, effectively uses his hands to protect himself, and tough to knock off his feet. Stays within his pass-rush angles, quickly changes direction, and plays with good balance. Chases around the field to get involved in the action, and plays heads-up football. Relentless and goes hard until the whistle blows. Displays an array of moves, and defeats blocks making his way up the field. Displays speed in back-side pursuit, and shows ability in space when playing off the line in pass coverage. Has blocked punts in college. Turned in tremendous workouts during the combine and at his pro-day."

NEGATIVES: "Has a tall, almost thin, build and seems to wear down over the course of the game. Lacks bulk and out-positioned from the action by large lineman."

ANALYSIS: "Barwin is a solid athlete who never took hold at the tight end position, yet he made a major impact when switched to the defense this year. He offers terrific upside as either a down lineman in a conventional system or standing up over tackle as a rush linebacker. Barwin has always been a terrific special teams player, which should help him see the field as a rookie in the NFL. He's a rising defensive prospect with a good amount of upside."

PROJECTION: First/Second Round

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