Lamin Barrow NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Broncos ILB

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2014

LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow (18) works against Alabama during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU (HT: 6’1⅜” WT: 237 lbs.)

Denver Broncos (Broncos trade 131st and 246th picks to Bears for 156th pick and 2015 fifth-round pick)

Fifth Round: 156th Pick

NFL Comparison: Dannell Ellerbe, LB, Miami Dolphins

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  • Instinctive linebacker with developed ability to diagnose plays. 
  • Adequate athletic potential with sudden feet in short areas.
  • Improved disciplined drastically from junior to senior seasons. 
  • Fluid hips to turn and run or get depth in coverage. 
  • Anticipates routes well, especially ones in front of him. 
  • Quick feet in space, changes directions in a hurry, can plant and drive on throws. 
  • Sufficient lateral quickness to beat blocks with the help of his lower body. 
  • Naturally fires his hands into blockers, extends and sheds with skillful hands. 
  • Terrific length to keep blockers off his frame despite lack of significant height. 
  • Strong upper body maximizes his hand usage. 
  • Comes downhill to meet blockers head on. 
  • Will bounce off blocks while keeping balance to quickly accelerate from contact. 
  • Contains effectively by keeping outside shoulder free and turning runs to the inside. 
  • Wraps well as a tackler in the box. 
  • Plays with a high energy level and motor. 
  • Used in variety of linebacker spots at LSU.



  • Plays made in the backfield are few and far between. 
  • Low tackle numbers despite high snap counts behind talented defensive lines. 
  • Still loses gap discipline on occasion by running himself out of plays. 
  • Takes imprecise angles when positioning himself to make tackles. 
  • Doesn’t come downhill with aggressiveness, often plays on his heels instead. 
  • Struggles to close down space in run fits due to hesitation. 
  • Lacks exceptional closing speed in open field despite relatively small build. 
  • Bounces around aimlessly in coverage at times, not enough spatial awareness. 
  • Didn’t get hands into passing lanes to defend passes at a very high rate. 
  • Ineffective as a blitzer, lack of natural pass-rush moves. 
  • Regularly dials down his speed as a blitzer, doesn’t test pass-blockers with athleticism. 
  • Struggles to break down in space to make solo tackles, tends to stop his feet and dive. 
  • Doesn’t flow over the top of off-tackle run plays naturally. 
  • Doesn’t make plays at the sideline often from inside positions. 
  • Not a powerful or impactful tackler, often gets dragged by backs at the end of runs.


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Personal Notes

  • A 3-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2009, 22nd-ranked inside linebacker by
  • Issued No. 18 prior to senior year as the “consummate LSU Tiger.” 
  • 2013 second team All-SEC.


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Lamin Barrow is an enigmatic linebacker prospect.  Despite playing behind a supremely talented defensive line in his two seasons as a starter, his overall production wasn’t high and big plays were few. 

Barrow possesses a number of highly developed traits that NFL linebackers must have, though.  He uses his length and hands to consistently dump blockers and free himself to make tackles.  He diagnoses plays and can cover an adequate amount of ground. 

His transition to an NFL defense is a tricky one.  Barrow is best described as a thumping, box linebacker trapped in a much smaller frame.  Optimally, he can provide depth as a 3-4 inside linebacker early on.


Draft Projection: Fifth-Sixth Round