Bears meet with UCLA OLB Anthony Barr

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    Bears meet with UCLA OLB Anthony Barr
    April, 22, 2014
    Apr 222:42PM ETBy Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com Recommend0Tweet0Comments0EmailPrintCHICAGO -- The Bears traveled to Los Angeles in late March to conduct a private workout with UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

    ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. projects Barr as being selected by the San Diego Chargers at No. 25 overall in the next month’s draft. Both Kiper and fellow ESPN Draft Insider Todd McShay rank Barr as the second best outside linebacker in the 2014 draft class.

    Barr began his UCLA career in the Bruins’ offensive backfield where he lined up primarily at H back and appeared in 24 games and made 11 starts over the course of his freshman and sophomore year.

    However, the 6-foot-5, 255 pound Barr made the switch to defense before his junior year and exploded with 13.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles-for-loss and 83 tackles in 2012. His 13.5 sacks were the second highest total in the nation behind only Georgia’s Jarvis Jones (14.5).

    Barr followed up that effort with 62 tackles, 10 sacks, 20 tackles-for-loss, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries last season for the Bruins.

    Most draft analysts consider Barr a better fit in a 3-4 defense where he can stand up and rush the passer, but the Bears have been known to make unorthodox selections the last two years. Few people predicted 2012 first-round choice Shea McClellin would be taken by a team that used a 4-3 defense, but the Bears snatched the hybrid McClellin up with the No. 19 overall pick.

    On the surface, the Bears appear to have a greater need at inside linebacker, but Barr is an elite athlete, who ran a 4.41 40 yard dash in front of scouts at his pro day at UCLA.
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    "Better fit in a 3-4? Pfft, watch this,"

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    LOL aint that the truth. Better than the ole JA approach

    Comish: "The Chicago Bears are not on the clock"
    JA: "Hold my beer and watch this"
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    lklrlolnlilklsox Position Coach

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    He really is a high-motor beast, but he needs to be a rush LB in the 3-4. Nothing wrong with due diligence and scouting these guys before they enter the league to have a full scouting report on their strengths and weaknesses.
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    Agree, get a feel for exactly what he can do. Besides I'm sure whoever went out there wasn't complaining about a work week on the campus of UCLA.
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