Lamin Barrow – Linebacker

Barrow is a fifth year senior and a two year starter. Like many on the LSU defense, even though he didn’t start, he got significant play time as a rotational player.

Barrow is one of the better athletes you will see at the linebacker position. He is listed at being 6’2 – 232, but he has a long frame and could easily get to 240+. His play strength is good, but not great, and he is explosive. He has excellent play speed and body control showing quick feet and easy change of direction. His play speed is sub 4.6. He lines up as a Will linebacker, and because of his athleticism, they have him playing in space often. He is used often in coverage, lining up in both zone and man. He has very good man cover skills for a linebacker to go along with good ball skills and hands. He can transition very well. He is also used to rush the passer often and does an excellent job finding seams in the pass protections and getting to the QB. He has 1.5 sacks this year and one QB hurry, while in 2012 he had five QB hurries.

Barrow is a good run defender, being better on the perimeter then inside. He is quick to find the ball and consistently takes good angles. He can be inconsistent taking on and shedding blocks at the point. Like many college players, he needs to develop better hand use. Being that I’m old school, I feel shedding blocks is a very important skill, but in today’s game, coaches want athletes and usually feel they can teach the player to shed.

Barrow will be one of the better athletes at the linebacker position in this draft. Because of that athleticism, he will be drafted high. I see him fitting best in a 4-3 scheme as a Will but with added weight and bulk, he could easily play inside in a 3-4. It will be interesting watching him perform at the combine.