NFL analyst Mike Mayock has been watching film on Tennessee superstar defensive end Derek Barnett — who will likely [definitely] enter the upcoming NFL Draft in April — and discovered a play of him covering a receiver on a fade route 24 yards downfield.
WOW play by Derek Barnett..RB motions and Barnett bumps out on WR-not planned !! Covers him 24 yds downfield vs fade- RARE..premier edge guy pic.twitter.com/MtkfxnIWng
— Mike Mayock (@MikeMayock) December 20, 2016
Barnett has continually proven he’s a “premier edge guy” since he first stepped on campus in 2014. Bruce Feldman agrees.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 20, 2016
The latest mock draft from Pro Football Focus has the Chicago Bears drafting Barnett with the No. 4 pick.
4. Chicago Bears: Derek Barnett, Edge, Tennessee
While Barnett may not have the classic edge rusher look that Garrett possesses, the two true juniors have had similar production since coming into the SEC in 2014. Barnett is strong against the run and his 92.3 pass-rush grade ranked second among edge defenders. Even in Chicago’s 3-4 scheme, there’s room for Barnett to play some outside linebacker on the edge while rushing the passer in subpackages. Even with Chicago spending their first-round pick on edge defender Leonard Floyd last year, they shouldn’t shy away from Barnett who adds even more potential star power to the front-seven.
The recent Walter Football mock draft has the Saints drafting Barnett with the No. 8 pick. Know of any other recent draft projections for Derek Barnett? Leave them in the comments below.