One Rusher: Part I.
Barnett was one of my favorite
players to watch. He has elite arc agility. He has the best bend in the
draft. No one turns the corner lower than this guys. He just knows how to
use his hands. He had double digit sacks in the SEC for three seasons. He
is one of the best players in the Draft playing with his arms extended to
shove off blockers in the run.
football character. He always sees to look like he is doing the right
thing on the field. He plays the way it is coached. I don't care if he
is 4.8 guy or a 5.8 guy, he explodes off the snap, and can flash buy
an OLT before he can touch him. Then he bends to the QB like like train go
way too fast and coming off the tracks on a sharp turn. Elite bendability
turning the corner.
I'm not trying to demean Garrett. I would take him Number One overall, and
do a jig up to the podium to hand in the card. But Garnett played with
more talent on the defense. While Barnett was more of a one man band on
defense. He garnered more sacks than Garnett the past three seasons (33 to
30.5). He has better bend than Garrett. And I would not be surprised if he
had more NFL sacks than Garett. Obvious I think Garrett will more, that's
why he's number one on my board. But it would not be a shock if Barnett
gave him a run for his money.
broke Reggie White sack record at Tennessee, and that is saying something.
"I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes to the combine and bombs out
athletically," a scout said. "If he works out well and runs 4.7, he’s
1st round. If he runs 5.0-flat, 4.9, no. Little over hyped. He’s not going to be a foot athlete or a special
guy." He led the FBS with 13 Sacks in the SEC last season. he had a
great 2016 season:
Set new Tennessee all-time career sacks record at 33.0, breaking the previous mark of 32.0 held by the legendary Reggie White. His 33.0 sacks also ranks first among all active NCAA FBS players.
His 52 career tackles for loss ranks second in Tennessee history only to Leonard Little's program-record
53. Had seven multi-sack games in his career - Tennessee was 5-2 in those games.
Finished junior season with career-high 13.0 sacks, which ranks as the third-highest single-season mark in UT history behind only Reggie White's 15.0 in 1983 and Jonathan Brown's 13.5 in 1997.
Set the new UT program record for career sacks at 33.0 in his career finale against Nebraska in the 2016 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (12/30), sacking quarterback Ryker Fyfe for a nine-yard loss late in the fourth quarter. Also posted six tackles and had career highs with four quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.
Had two tackles, one sack a career-high three QB hurries and one pass breakup at Vanderbilt (11/26). Recorded sack on the final play of the first half.
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (11/21).
Great hands, and is a great hand fighter.
"He can do stand-up (linebacker) but I wouldn’t want him
dropping," A scout said. "You’ll want him putting his hand in the dirt and being a base DE. He plays hard when it’s time to rush the passer."
When he can grab the OLT's arm or hand, he is by him in a flash.
He doesn't have elite speed, but he has elite quicks through contact while fighting on the edge.
"I love the kid," a director of scouting said. " He is a great football player with a nasty temperament. I don't understand why some scouts aren't high on him, but he can play for me any day."
He reminds me of Suggs. He is not a pure speed guy, but he just keeps hitting the quarterback.
He has elite arc agility and bendability. That is about it.
"He's not going to run a fast 40, but if you like tough, violent, high-motor players with production, you'll love him," an
exec said. "He kind of reminds me of a young Terrell Suggs coming out of Arizona
State." That is why he will play in the NFL,
he can burst up field and get lower than anyone else in this Draft turning the Corner. He is
hit or miss with pretty much everything else.
He will stand up and rush sometimes, and still get low enough to
check your muffler under the OLT. "Barnett generates a lot of discussion out on the
road," an area scout said. "He's physical and he's got great production, but some scouts just don't think he'll be able to translate those numbers to the pros because he's not very explosive off the ball. He won't overpower NFL tackles like he did in college."
He has that knack for hitting the quarterback.
He ran a 4.85 after puking for a few day with food poisoning. Coaches are going to love that he was puking all
week, and essentially came out played the game. I liked how he moved in space drill. Nice quick feet. Nice job keeping his eye up moving laterally in stack and shed drill. He can catch the low ball in space. He looked good in coverage drills at Combine.
Nice job keeping his eye up moving laterally in stack and shed drill. He can catch the low ball in space. He looked good in coverage drills at
He can burst inside the TE and force the RB to bounce it outside. He can
really move around the corner. He has great hand placement, and always
uses great technique. He will turn and drop into coverage sometimes. More
a Zone dropper than cover guy. When he is attacking up field he looks like
an NFL Edgerusher. When he played with his hands and feet in balance he
looked like a great run stuffer on the edge.
He will zone drop in coverage, see the screen to the other side, and angle down field and get all the way across the field to get a hit on the RB.
He can really set the edge on the Quick RB. He stood up sometimes and
rushed like a 3-4 OLB. He can play both DE and OLB. As long as he is
allowed to more forward, he can play in any system. I love the way he
plays with his hands up and shoved off the OLT on runs to his side.
He can burst inside the OLT, and angle all the
way across the field on runs away. He can play standing up out in space.
He can change direction two or three times to keep the RB from the LOS,
and make the tackle. He line up standing up and burst right past the OLT,
and runt he arc. I actually like him better standing up.
He played much better against the run in 2016. He was a force against the run against V-Tech. He still has that speed off the edge as well. He got to the QB and dived on his legs as he threw a screen pass. Such a nice burst off the edge. Nice burst off the snap to make the QB take off instantly, and then can go and sack hi before he can get away (might have been a draw, because he took off so quickly).
plays so well with his hands and feet in balance. But OJ held him up just
Watch him avoid the blocker on the edge, when the RB burst inside
Alabama kept lining up those TE in front of him. I always say draft the
guys college coaches scheme against (:17).
Watch the great blast off. He is a guy who can turn the corner better than
anyone in this Draft. That is what will make him special in the NFL. That
starts with his explosion off the snap.
extra blockers in front of him again (:25). He has great bendability.
Watch how low he got as he bended the edge, before Cam shoved him down
(:47). Watch the explosion off the snap that got him past Cam. He exploded
to the RB nine yards behind the LOS and missed him (:58). That explosion
is why he will be drafted in the top ten or so.
does a nice job setting the edge (1:24). Great inside burst, and almost
rode Cam to the RB on the other side of the line (1:34). He played the
Option like a LB there with nice form, but then missed the tackle (1:43).
He did not keep contain (1:51). He is elite at one thing. Turning the
corner and hitting the QB. He will struggle with more other things.
have to over protect the edge. Watch how he exploited that with a great
inside move (2:07). He did zone drop a little (2:14). He
played that run perfectly. He didn't let the OG keep him outside, and beat
the RB to the corner (2:25). He stepped outside and covered the
tight end in man (2:37). This is why he will play in the NFL (3:03).
He runs by OLT's with such great burst and speed. He grabbed Cam's outside
hand and turned the corner on him into the QB. He cracked the QB so had he
got himself a strip sack. He has the best blend of arc agility and hands
in this Draft.
consistently set the edge (3:16). Stand up rusher on 3rd and
long. he explodes to the corner. bends under Cam with great arc agility,
and Rips past him (3:25). Stand up rusher. Great snap
anticipation that he used to panic the QB to the other side (3:34). I
think Cam will be the first OLT taken in this Draft, and he just turnstiled
can find the RB in the backfield as well (3:51). He played the
Option with nice form, but overreacted to the pitch. He is very hit or
miss in everything except exploding up field (3:53). But an can he
explode up field (4:07). He
just that way of dining his way tot he QB, even when he is confused. Than
he makes another game changing reaction to the QB after his teammate
tipped the ball
snagged the INT that almost got them back in the game.
didn't set the edge that time (4:30). He
is tops in this Draft at anticipating the snap. Watch
the jab step inside, and then the elite burst outside around Cam. He has
some great suddenness in his shoulder moving forward (4:37). He
is great when he can just react forward towards the QB. When he has to
slow or think is when he gets in trouble.
watch the explosion as he anticipated the snap and exploded into the backfield,
but then the Option made him think and he lost it (4:52). He
slowed on the edge, and played the option right mentally (5:03). He
exploded himself upfield past Cam (5:12). then went and got the QB
ont he other side of the field.
used speed to power to shove Cam off, and went and tackled the QB on the
draw (5:21). He got caught anticipating the snap (5:41). He
put speed to power and bulled Cam back towards the QB (5:52). They
ran away from him on the goal line (6:01). He tried to burst
inside, and got pancaked by the big fellow (6:17). He always
seems a half a step ahead of everyone else in the rush (6:25). Alabama
always ran away from him on the goal line (6:37). And that ended
2016 - JUNIOR:
2016 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS: Games/Starts: 13/13
Set new Tennessee all-time career sacks record at 33.0, breaking the
previous mark of 32.0 held by the legendary Reggie White. His 33.0 sacks
also ranks first among all active NCAA FBS players.
His 52.0 career tackles for loss ranks second in Tennessee history only to
Leonard Little's program-record 53.0
Had seven multi-sack games in his career - Tennessee was 5-2 in those
Finished junior season with career-high 13.0 sacks, which ranks as the
third-highest single-season mark in UT history behind only Reggie White's
15.0 in 1983 and Jonathan Brown's 13.5 in 1997.
Set the new UT program record for career sacks at 33.0 in his career
finale against Nebraska in the 2016 Franklin American Mortgage Music City
Bowl (12/30), sacking quarterback Ryker Fyfe for a nine-yard loss late in
the fourth quarter. Also posted six tackles and had career highs with four
quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.
Had two tackles, one sack a career-high three QB hurries and one pass
breakup at Vanderbilt (11/26). Recorded sack on the final play of the
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (11/21)
Totaled six tackles, 1.0 sack and 1 QB hurry in win vs. Missouri (11/19), setting new career high at 11.0 sacks
Recorded five tackles, 1.0 sack, 1.5 TFL and one quarterback hurry in win vs. Kentucky (11/12), becoming the first Vol to have three seasons with 10.0 sacks or more
Had one tackle vs. Tennessee Tech (11/5), playing only in the first half of a 55-0 UT win as reserves played for the majority of the game
Matched career high with three sacks at South Carolina (10/29) and also had four tackles, three TFLs and two QB hurries. Reached 29.0 career sacks, passing Leonard Little (28.0 from 1995-97) for second-most in Tennessee history.
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (10/17) - Against No. 1/1 Alabama (10/15) recorded three tackles, 1.0 sack, 2.0 TFLs, one forced fumble and one interception. His strip sack of Jalen Hurts in the second quarter as the 26th sack of his career, moving him into sole possession of third place on UT's all-time sack list. Also recorded first interception of career in the second quarter.
Had six tackles and one sack (the 25th of his career)and two QB hurries at No. 8/7 Texas A&M (10/8). Tied Jonathan Brown (25.0 sacks, 1994-97) for third-most in Tennessee history. QB hurry on second play of game forced A&M quarterback Trevor Knight to throw an interception to Todd Kelly Jr. Had impressive pass deflection when dropped back in coverage in second quarter.
SEC Defensive Player of the Week (10/3) - Recorded two sacks in the second half, including a strip sack in the end zone, to spark defense in comeback win at Georgia (10/1). Finished the game with five tackles (three solo) with two sacks (sixth multi-sack game of career) and 2.5 TFLs for 15 yards.
Both of his sacks at Georgia (10/1) came at key moments. Georgia's opening drive of the third quarter halted at midfield when Barnett broke through the offensive line for a nine-yard sack. With 2:56 remaining in the game and the Vols down 24-21, Barnett sacked Jacob Eason on 2nd-and-11 in the UGA end zone and stripped the ball, which was recovered a split second later by teammate Corey Vereen to give the Vols their first lead of the game.
Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week (9/29) & SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week (9/26) following performance against Florida (9/24)
Both of his sacks vs. Florida (9/24) (fifth multi-sack game of his career) came on third downs. Recorded the 21st sack of his career, bringing Austin Appleby down for a one-yard sack late in the third quarter on a 3rd-and-10. Barnett made the 22nd sack of his career in the fourth quarter on 3rd-and-6 at the UF 24 to force a punt.
Sparked Tennessee's defense in the second half of comeback win vs. Florida (9/24), making two sacks after halftime and finishing with five tackles (three solo) and one pass deflection. Moved into fifth place in UT history in both career sacks (22) and TFLs (39).
Had five tackles, one TFL, two QB hurries vs. Ohio (9/17)
Made seven tackles with one TFL, one QB hurry vs. Appalachian State (9/1)
2015 - SOPHOMORE:
2015 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS: Games/Starts: 13/13
Started all 13 games in 2015 at right defensive end, third on Vols in tackles (69) with team-best 10.0 sacks and 12.5 TFLs (second on the team)
Tied for eighth in career sacks at Tennessee with 20
Third in SEC in sacks with 10.0, which is tied for seventh-most in a season in Tennessee history
Had at least one sack in five consecutive games (six sacks) from Oct. 10-Nov. 14
Nine sacks in eight-game span from Oct. 10-Jan. 1 to finish season with sacks in seven of eight games
35 tackles over last six games of season
Posted eight tackles with a sack, tackle for loss and forced fumble in Outback Bowl win over Northwestern (1/1)
Closed regular-season with two sacks as part of five tackles vs. Vanderbilt (11/28); posted first-career safety on a 5-yard sack for Vols first safety since Aug. 31, 2012
Five tackles in win at Missouri (11/21)
Eight tackles with 2.0 TFLs and a sack vs. South Carolina (11/7)
Seven tackles, including two sacks for two TFLs at Kentucky (10/31)
Two tackles with a 5-yard sack at #8 Alabama (10/24)
Posted 100th career tackle as part of seven tackles, with a 6-yard sack in win over #19 Georgia (10/10)
Three tackles vs. Arkansas (10/3)
Three stops with one TFL at Florida (9/26)
Career high 15 tackles, including 1.5 TFLs and sack vs. #19 Oklahoma (9/12)
Opened 2015 with four tackles vs. Bowling Green (9/5)
2014 - FRESHMAN: 2014 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS: Games/Starts: 13/10
Set Tennessee record for most TFLs (20.5) and most sacks (10.0) by a true freshman in history
Twice posted Tennessee record for sacks in a game by a true freshman with three: with at # 3 Ole Miss (10/18) and at South Carolina (11/1)
With 20.5 TFLs, ranks fifth on all-time single season list in UT history, most since John Henderson had 21 in 2000
Led the SEC with 18 TFLs in conference games, the next closest is teammate Curt Maggitt (12)
Ranked tied for first in the SEC and tied for sixth in NCAA in TFLs per game (1.6) and second in the SEC in total TFLs (20.5)
Tied for 16th in the NCAA and tied for fourth in SEC in sacks (10.0)
Became first true freshman to start season opener on defensive line in Tennessee history vs. Utah State
Played all 13 games, starting nine, making 72 tackles, fifth on team in tackles
Led all true freshman in the SEC in tackles with 72
72 tackles ranked as third highest total tackles by a true freshman in Tennessee history (No. 1 Eric Berry with 86 in 2007; No. 2 A.J. Johnson with 80 in 2011)
Second on UT with 10.0 sacks and led team with eight quarterback hurries along with a fumble recovery
Made three tackles in 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl win over Iowa (1/2)
Five tackles, 2.0 TFLs and a sack at Vanderbilt (11/29)
Eight tackles, 0.5 TFL and two quarterback hurries vs. #19 Missouri (11/23)
Notched career best tying 4.0 TFLs including 2.0 sacks as part of seven tackles vs. Kentucky (11/15)
For second time posted UT true freshman record for sacks in a game with 3.0, at South Carolina (11/1), finished game with five tackles and 3.0 TFLs
Three sacks at # 3 Ole Miss (10/18) set UT record for most sacks by a freshman in a game
Posted six tackles and 1.5 TFLs vs. #4 Alabama (10/25)
First career game with double-figure tackles came at #3 Ole Miss (10/18) with 10 stops including 4.0 TFLs and two sacks
Three tackles including 0.5 TFL and a fumble recovery vs. Chattanooga (10/11)
First sack (for 10 yards) as part of six tackles and two TFLs for 15 yards vs. Florida (10/4)
Racked up eight tackles with a TFL at #12/13 Georgia (9/27)
Notched five tackles with a TFL at #4/3 Oklahoma (9/13)
Three tackles and first TFL vs. Arkansas State (9/6)
In first-career start vs. Utah State (8/31), made three tackles
One of first four Vols to have black stripes removed in `14 (Jalen Hurd, Emmanuel Moseley, Ethan Wolf) on Aug. 10.
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