Draft Profile: BioRobert Barnes from Carroll High High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Barnes joined Oklahoma after being heavily recruited.
In 2018 as a freshman Barnes saw action in 11 games and played a total of 593 snaps at safety for the Sooners. He recorded 43 tackles, 12 assists, while adding 11 stops. In coverage Barnes notched up one pass breakup, one interception, and a solid QB rating when targetted of 83.1.
As a sophomore for the Sooners in 2019 Barnes played in 4 games and took part in 43 snaps for the Sooners. He recorded only 3 tackles, 2 assists, while adding no stops.
In 2020 as a junior Barnes played in 4 games and contributed on 62 snaps. He recorded only 4 tackles, 2 assists while making 2 stops.
After season's end Barnes transferred to Colorado where as a senior for the Buffaloes in 2021 Barnes played 11 games and took part in 385 snaps for the Buffaloes. He also added 33 tackles, 4 assists, and 17 stops. While in coverage Barnes made no pass breakups, one interception, and a solid QB rating when targetted of 87.0. As a pass rusher, he tallied 3 total pressures, which included 2 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks on the season.
In 2022 as a fifth year senior Barnes logged playing time in 12 games and logged a total of 479 snaps for the Buffaloes. He also added 20 tackles, 8 assists, and 7 stops. While in coverage Barnes made one pass breakup, no interceptions, and QB rating when targetted of 103.5. As a pass rusher, he tallied 6 total pressures, which included 5 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Good athlete. Shows a natural feel for pass rushing. Very good lateral agility to shake pass blockers.
- He’s a sure and violent wrap-up tackler with sideline-to-sideline range. He’s an excellent tackler in space, showing loose hips and the ability to break down and contain runners.
- Barnes chases well in pursuit, and Barnes has the athleticism to play in space if asked to drop into coverage.
- Barnes has value as an inside blitzer as well, showing the initial burst to shoot through gaps and disrupt the backfield.
- He’s excellent changing direction, an agile mover who can win by countering inside and exploding with impressive burst when closing.
- Has the fluid hips and long arms to turn and run with tight ends, as well as excellent range when dropping into zone coverage.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Lacks pop and strength to anchor, though. Most effective when uncovered inside and chasing stretch plays to the sideline.
- Plays upright. Ducks his head and fails to wrap up at times. Inconsistent in giving full effort to be the second man in on the play. Must learn to use hands to beat blocks.
- His lateral agility and burst often put him in position to make big plays, but Barnes takes questionable routes to the ball and struggles to avoid blockers when in pursuit.
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