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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Bowling Green's Barnes could be a draft sleeper

By Graham Watson

Bowling Green receiver Freddie Barnes, who broke the NCAA record for single season receptions in 2009, was not invited to the NFL Combine this week, but ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli thinks Barnes could still be drafted despite the snub.

Barnes has been criticized for his 4.6 speed and 6-foot frame, but has shown great route running ability and great hands. He’s a versatile player that can run reverses and return kicks.

Barnes earned a lot of praise for his work leading up to the East-West Shrine Game and was crucial on the final drive that ultimately gave the East a 13-10 win.

Pasquarelli notes that the Mid-American Conference has come up with a couple sleepers, including former Kent State quarterback Julian Edelman, who made a name for himself as a slot receiver and kick returner for the Patriots this year.

Barnes will get a chance to impress scouts during Bowling Green’s Pro Day on March 16.