I think the Steelers should take a look at this guy. He is 6'0 and 240 pounds and ran a 4.43 forty. So thats impressive. He also has 31 reps at 225 pounds to lead the all LB's at the combine.
Strengths: Explosive and capable of disrupting plays in the backfield. Flashes above-average upper body strength, extends arms once in position and is capable of shedding blocks quickly. Plays with adequate leverage and is stronger at the point of attack than size would indicate. Though doesn't always take great pursuit angles, plays with a good motor, can slip blocks in space and shows good range. Plays with a mean streak and can deliver big hits. Is fast enough to turn the corner when rushing the passer and shows good closing speed when gets a clear path to the quarterback. Has experience lining up at defensive end and can effectively rush the passer from that position.
Weaknesses: Takes too long to break play down and has problems locating the ball. Lacks elite size, hasn't shown great lower body strength and is going to have problems holding ground when teams run at him. Doesn't read routes well, doesn't have elite ball skills and isn't much of a playmaker in coverage. Lacks ideal experience dropping into coverage, doesn't show great awareness in zone coverage and is vulnerable to play action. Though has the athletic ability to improve in this area hasn't shown a variety of pass rush moves.
Overall: Barnes stepped right into the starting lineup for all 12 games as a true freshman in 2003 and registered 57 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks, and one forced fumble. In 2004, he started three of the 10 contests he appeared in, making 53 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, forced two fumbles, blocked one kick, and returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown. Barnes began the 2005 season at linebacker but was moved to defensive end in the third game, eventually earning a first team All-Sun Belt accolade. For the year, he collected 45 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Barnes again started all 12 contests in 2006, amassed 69 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, one interception, and one fumble recovery to earn more All-Sun Belt recognition. Barnes doesn't have the size to line up at defensive end fulltime in the NFL and there are concerns about his ability to hold up in coverage at linebacker. However, he has a great deal of upside as a pass rush specialist and he could develop into a quality every-down linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Once considered a fringe late-round prospect, Barnes' tremendous combine workout helped verify what we saw of him on film against typically lower-level D-IA competition. Barnes could come off the board as early as the fourth round.
He is projected to go anywhere from the middle 2nd round to 4th round.