The Steelers have more draft prospects at the south side today. Wisconsin NT Beau Allen and UCLA LB Anthony Barr are both visiting the team today.
Draft day visitors for @Steelers: LB Anthony Barr UCLA; DT Beau Allen, Wisconsin.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 21, 2014
Barr is 6’5, 255 lbs. Barr is a very athletic pass rusher who will very likely be selected before the Steelers pick in the first round. Barr’s defensive stats dipped somewhat in 2013, but he was still an impactful edge rusher. Last year, he finished his senior season at UCLA with 10 sacks, 66 tackles (20 for a loss) and 6 forced fumbles. In 2012, 13.5 sacks, 83 tackles (21.5 for a loss) and 4 forced fumbles. Interestingly enough, 2012 was Barr’s first year on defense. Prior to that, he played running back and TE/WR. Barr displays an excellent spin move that stymies offensive linemen at times. He does however lack violence at the point of attack, especially on running plays, which will be a concern for defensive coordinators. Some have projected that Barr would transition to ILB in the Steelers scheme, but personally I think he would struggle in that role. Here are a couple of his games if you’re not familiar.
Beau Allen is a 6’2, 329 lb defensive lineman out of Wisconsin. He played every game during his four years with the Badgers, which set a school record. He was a 4-3 DT for his first 3 years, but switched to NG last year when the team transitioned to 3-4. In 2013, he totaled 20 tackles (2 for a loss) and 1.5 sacks. He also blocked a field goal against Penn State. He wasn’t invited to the combine, but performed well at his Pro Day. Allen is likely a very late round pick or may possibly be an undrafted free agent after the draft. Here a couple of his games from last year. Thanks for stopping by, and for sharing on the web.