Derek Barnett Scouting Report


Prospect Information


Combine Stats


Overview
Barnett has produced at an extremely high level in all three years at Tennessee. He checks every production box, and his career totals are off the charts. In 36 starts he recorded 198 tackles (52 for loss), 33 sacks, an interception, 6 pass breakups, and 3 forced fumbles (2 recovered). He broke Reggie Whites school record for career sacks (32). Posted double digit sacks every year, finishing with 13 in his final season.

NFL Comparison
Whitney Mercilus

Best Position Fit
4-3 Defensive End / SAM or RUSH 3-4 Outside Linebacker

Strengths
Plenty of bend around the edge. Excels at beating tackles to the outside. Strong against the run. Doesn’t miss games. Very intelligent player.

Weaknesses
Straight line speed is not elite. Can get caught jumping the snap count.

Summary
Mostly played 9-technique at Tennessee, and was occasional asked to drop into coverage. He could have a long NFL career leaning on his ability to set the edge and stop the run. He has the ability to play both 3-4 outside linebacker positions. However, his best position might be at SAM in a 3-4 defense. He could also find a long-term home as a 4-3 defensive end.

Bottom Line
Barnett is an interesting prospect. He is not fast, but he bends extremely well. He could come off the board somewhere between 8 overall to mid first round.

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