Biography: Used as part of the starting lineup the past three seasons. Senior totals included 16 receptions/243 yards/1 touchdown after he posted career-best numbers of 34/425/3 as a junior. Sophomore numbers included 29/367/1.
Positives: Physical tight end with marginal athletic ability for the next level. Bends knees, plays with leverage and works blocks. Extends his hands and offers the quarterback a nice target as a receiver. Uses his frame to shield away defenders. Finds the open spot in the middle of the field and is a solid short-range target.
Negatives: Lacks a quick release off the line into pass routes. Has poor speed and is not a downfield threat. Lacks agility and strength as a blocker.
Analysis: Barden was a solid college tight end, but he lacks the size/speed numbers to be anything other than a camp player at the next level.
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