Could the Philadelphia Eagles be zeroing in on one particularly player in the 2014 NFL draft?
According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, the Eagles are scheduled to host UCLA OLB Anthony Barr for a visit next week. This isn’t the first time the two parties have met, either.
Barr will visit the #Eagles next Wednesday, per source — when the majority of the team will be in the building for workouts.
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) April 14, 2014
It looks like the Eagles have had their sights set on Barr for a while now. Per Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer, general manager Howie Roseman stayed in California following the Eagles’ game against the Oakland Raiders. He spent that time visiting UCLA practice.
Howie Roseman doesn't get to do much in-person scouting in season, but he went to a UCLA practice after Raiders game. …
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) April 14, 2014
The Eagles’ interest in Barr makes complete sense. The team’s biggest need is at outside linebacker, but it isn’t be talked about as much as safety or wide receiver because many think there won’t be any of those player’s available at No. 22. The Eagles won’t reach for an outside linebacker at that spot, unless of course someone falls to them.
While Barr has top-10 prospect written all over him, many mock drafts are starting to slip him further down the boards. It’s unclear as to why, but he’s not getting to the type of publicity that he used to. I’m not sure Roseman and Chip Kelly would want to trade up a significant amount of slots to grab Barr, but he would be an immediate impact player on Bill Davis’ defense.
It’s certainly something to consider, and the team’s increased interest in him could indicate that something is brewing in the front office.