With a little over 24 hours remaining until the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, ESPN’s SportsCenter did their annual NFL Nation Mock Draft.
While most people are expecting a wide receiver or cornerback, or even a trade, when the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock at No. 15.
Barr is an exceptional playmaker coming off the edge who the Steelers could use, but is a guy that I really never considered to Pittsburgh as I don’t really feel he will be around when the Steelers select.
Brown noted that he attempted to trade down in the ESPN mock, but had no success.
But I hadn’t anticipated Barr being there as well.
In the end I couldn’t pass on a player who could bolster the Steelers’ pass rush as well as provide immediate depth at a position where they sorely need it.
Nothing will help the Steelers’ defense regain its swagger more than if they add some teeth to their pass rush. Only five teams had less sacks than the 34 the Steelers managed in 2013.
Barr is a guy who struggles in coverage somewhat, but given his athleticism, that’s an area he should be able to improve.
However his biggest assets are his motor and ability to get to the quarterback.
The outside linebackers on the Steelers’ roster have a combined 24 career sacks, which amounts to only a half of a sack more than what Barr produced in his final two seasons at UCLA.
Barr’s 13.5 sacks in 2012 were second in the country only to Jarvis Jones, the Steelers’ first-round pick last year.
But with the Steelers not showing any commitment to Worilds beyond this season, the pick may make a little sense.
If Barr is available at No. 15 it may be hard not to pull the trigger on him, but at the end of the day I would be shocked if he doesn’t go before the Steelers pick.