Nov 23, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Ryan Hofmeister (53), UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) and UCLA Bruins tight end Blake Backer (41) celebrate after recovering a fumbled punt in the second half of the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at the Rose Bowl. Arizona State Sun Devils won 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Review: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add a Fearsome Pass Rusher

Another week, another mock draft to review, this time from our friends at NFL Mocks. Erik Lambert has posted his most recent mock draft, and he has the Buccaneers upgrading the pass rush in a major way with the sixth pick in the draft.

  • #6 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA
  • They do a lot of things well but the key ingredient missing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a pass rush.  Until they get one, their talented secondary can’t be fully utilized.  Anthony Barr is a dynamic athlete with a nose for the ball and loads of pass rush potential.

There have been plenty of mock drafts which seem to focus on providing more weapons for Mike Glennon, which is the opposite of what the Buccaneers need. Instead, upgrading the defense to become even more dominant makes sense if the Bucs are unable to snag a quarterback that they’re sure will outclass the rookie from NC State.

Adding Barr would give the Buccaneers pass rush ability and positional flexibility on defense. He can play strongside linebacker and rush the passer on passing downs, which is something the Buccaneers already do with some of the players on their roster. At times this season, Adrian Clayborn and Dekoda Watson have both been stand-up outside linebackers with only three down linemen in the formation.

So the question is not how the Buccaneers would fit Barr into their scheme, but how well they can coach him to become a polished NFL pass rusher. The current staff of the Buccaneers doesn’t have a great track record of developing pass rushers, as none of the Buccaneers’ defensive linemen can win a one-on-one battle except for Gerald McCoy, who does so with sheer strength and quickness.

This would be one of the most ideal picks for the Buccaneers in the draft, especially if three or four quarterbacks are off the board by the time the Bucs are on the clock.

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