Chris Barker: Things You Need to Know About the Nevada Guard

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIApril 27, 2013

Chris Barker: Things You Need to Know About the Nevada Guard

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    With the NFL draft upon us, hundreds of players are anticipating a selection in one of the remaining six rounds, allowing an opportunity to pursue a career in the National Football League.

    Nevada guard Chris Barker is not one of the more well-known players but on draft day, there's a very good chance that he hears his name called in one of the middle-to-late rounds. 

Background

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    Full Name: Chris Barker

    Hometown: Fontana, Calif.

    High School: Etiwanda

    Major: Business Administration

    Year: Senior

    Barker has spent his whole life on the West Coast of the country, growing up in California and choosing to attend college a state over in Nevada. 

Statistics and Analysis

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    Barker is a fluid athlete for an offensive guard and excels at pulling and blocking in motion. He is bigger than most guards and uses a wide base to make himself appear even bigger. He is tough and powerful both physically and mentally.

    Like many other tall guards, he struggles with blocking too high at times. He's good at getting in the way of pass rushers, but he needs to do a better job of physically overpowering them at the line of scrimmage. He doesn't have long arms, meaning he'll likely never be able to make the switch to tackle. 

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'6''

    Weight: 303 pounds

    Arm Length: 33"

    Hand Size: 9.37"

     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 5.21 seconds

    Broad jump: 8'3''

    Vertical leap: 27.5"

     

    Pro Day Results

    40-yard dash: 5.10 seconds

    Broad jump: 8'3''

Interesting Facts

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    — Barker is the only player in the history of the University of Nevada to start every game in all four seasons

    — He blocked for current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for two seasons.

    — Barker was selected to the 2012 Outland Trophy preseason watch list, which highlights the best interior offensive linemen in college football, as selected by the Pro Football Writers Association of America.

    — In high school, earned first-team, all-league honors as a senior as both an offensive lineman and a defensive lineman.