Anthony Barr NFL Draft 2014: Grading Vikings' 1st-Round Pick

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Anthony Barr was drafted ninth overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2014 NFL draft. The talented linebacker ranks as one of the best in this class, and his skills were too much for the Vikings to pass up. 

Barr looked like a formidable force in the front seven for UCLA last season, racking up 10 sacks despite facing regular double-teams. He specialized in wreaking havoc in opposing backfields and looked like a lock to be a top pick. 

The former UCLA Bruin has fantastic acceleration and speed and ranks as one of the hardest hitters in the sport. He possesses a unique combination of speed, agility and strength, which figures to translate incredibly well to the NFL. He has a natural knack for getting to the passer.

That said, Barr is still raw as a talent; he only played two seasons of defense and is still learning the ropes. He struggles both in run coverage and pass coverage when not rushing the passer, and he might need some development time to come close to fulfilling his potential. 

Will Barr turn into the player many predict him to be, or will he be another high-pick bust? Watch as our draft experts discuss Barr's ceiling and what he brings to the NFL.