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3rd Round Pick: Getting to Know Kevin Barnes

Height: 6-01/4 | Weight: 187 | 40-Time: 4.52 [draft countdown]


Very athletic...Good height with long arms...Quick with good speed and a burst to close...Excellent leaping ability...Terrific instincts and awareness...Good tackler...Can deliver the big hit...Nice range...Above average hands and ball skills...Active with a good motor...Has upside.

Does not have the ideal bulk that you look for...Needs to be more physical...Isn't very strong...Not real smooth or fluid...Too aggressive at times...Unrefined footwork...Trouble shedding blocks...Durability?

Redshirted in 2004...Played extensively as a backup and on special teams in 2005 and 2006...Took over a starting job in 2007 and had a breakout season...College career ended prematurely in 2008 when he fractured his shoulder blade, which required surgery...Was a member of the Terrapin's leadership committee...Prior to the injury some felt he had legitimate Day One potential...Underrated prospect with nice triangle numbers who could be available at a value point on Draft Day.

Career Statistics
2005 11 4 1 0 0
2006 13 11 0 0 0
2007 13 65 9 4 55
2008 7 20 5 2 27
Totals 44 100 15 6 82

Some highlights from an interview with Kevin Barnes from NFL Draft University:

Scott Porter: What are your biggest strengths as a football player?
Kevin Barnes: My size I see as a major strength. I have an advantage of being a big cornerback who can move like the little guys can who play the position.

Scott Porter: What type of player and person is an NFL team getting in Kevin Barnes?

Kevin Barnes: They are getting a well rounded individual who has never been in any trouble and will never get into any trouble. I was raised well and well disciplined, I grew up having authority and that goes a long ways.

And now the bad news...

Scott Porter: Did you have a favorite player and team as a kid?
Kevin Barnes: I grew up in North Carolina, but the Carolina Panthers were not a team when I was younger so I grew up loving the Dallas Cowboys and became a big Deion Sanders fan.

The Redskins blog brought to light his outstanding Wonderlic score of 41 and his rehab back to 100%. The WaTimes article had some interesting analysis:

In some ways, he might be better-suited for the pro game than college. He faced so much one-on-one coverage at Maryland that his ability to take risks for a greater payoff was negated, and the possibility of receiving help from safeties in pro defenses might help him exploit his size.

Here's an absolute sick hit he laid against Cal. I was at this game and oh man, what a hit. Wait for the present at the end of the video. Yahoo Sports also has a small montage video of KB.