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Monday, January 20, 2014
Spanos can offer insight on Anthony Barr

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Scouts Inc. ranks UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr third on its big board of collegiate players coming out in the 2014 draft.

It’s hard to predict in January where a guy’s getting drafted in May.

But the draft doesn’t align with a January big board, and the Titans could wind up with a shot at Barr 11th overall.

As John Glennon of The Tennessean pointed out to me Friday night when we took in a hockey game, the Titans now have a solid track to inside info on Barr. New Tennessee linebackers coach Lou Spanos has spent the past two years as UCLA’s defensive coordinator.

Here’s ESPN.com’s player card for Barr, which includes this with an “exceptional” rating in “third-down capabilities.”
“Possesses the tools to develop into an impact pass rusher. Excellent length, above-average initial get-off and explosiveness. Has a rare closing burst. Just average torso flexibility to bend the edge and needs to continue development with hands as counter puncher. Good range in underneath zone coverage and flashes the athleticism to match up with tight ends in man coverage when his technique improves.”