OB LAMIN BARROW, LOUISIANA ST.

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6’2” – 232 lbs. – 4.70e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 18 – 0.5 – 0.0
2011: 17 – 1.0 -0.0
2012: 104 – 7.5 – 0.0, 5 QBH, 1 FF, 1 FR, 5 PD
2013: 91 – 5.5 -1.5, 2 QBH, 2 PD

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then had nearly identical seasons in 2010 and 2011, with twelve games played and one start in each, working on coverage units. Started all thirteen games at weakside linebacker in 2012, an accomplishment repeated in 2013 en route to all-conference second-team honors.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate having assembled two productive years of starting experience in the SEC.
•    Still lacks bulk but has gained a bit of weight since playing at 221 lbs. back in 2010.
•    Possesses the overall movement skills to contribute as a blitzer, has had a bit success.
•    Solid tackler, hits with some force when he lines up his man, remembers to wrap up.
•    Has experience lining up in coverage against opposing slot options, usually in zone.
•    Against the run, uses a spin move with some effectiveness to disengage from blocks.
•    May have the versatility to play on the inside in an even front in addition to weakside.
•    Overall range/motor are solid, can make plays relatively far away from starting position.

NEGATIVES:

•    Very conservative his in zone coverage assignments, allowing plenty of separation.
•    Not someone teams will feel comfortable putting on the strongside against tight ends.
•    Doesn’t have very fluid hips, more of a straight-line mover than he is particularly agile.
•    Can be fooled by misdirection, must be more disciplined in backside responsibilities.
•    Struggles to anchor vs. the run, gets driven back easily by opposing offensive linemen.
•    Not big or powerful enough to draw much interest from teams which run 3-4 defenses.

SUMMARY:

Barrow spent the past two seasons starting at the weakside linebacker spot for the Tigers, which also represents his best position at the next level. He possesses adequate size and movement skills for the position, although he is a bit stiff. Against the run, he is more physical than your average “Will”, with impressive tackling skills and impressive range. He has been asked to cover in the slot fairly often, but can be easily victimized there due to a combination of mediocre awareness, conservative angles, and stiff hips. Teams in even fronts may like him as a swing reserve, while odd fronts may not have much use for him. Previous special teams experience should help his cause, as he appears unlikely to develop into a starter.

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