Daily draft dish: Anthony raises Barr

April, 29, 2014
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With draft day (May 8 ) rapidly approaching, we'll whet your appetite with a daily factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.

One of the most polarizing players in the draft is UCLA pass rusher Anthony Barr, a former fullback who didn't make the switch to defense until 2012. Some talent evaluators see him as a work-in-progress risk, but it's hard to quibble with his production.

Barr recorded 10 sacks, 20 tackles-for-loss and five forced fumbles last season, one of only three players to reach double-digit sacks in back-to-back seasons. The others are Stanford's Trent Murphy and Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu. Barr racked up 13.5 sacks in 2012, not bad for a defensive neophyte. He was the only FBS player with 20 tackles-for-loss and five forced fumbles last season.

The Jets have invested a lot of resources in their front seven in recent years, but the need for an explosive edge rusher remains glaring. There's a chance Barr could be available with the 18th pick.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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