Kevin Barnes Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'1 - 188 lbs.|
2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Kevin Barnes, CB, Maryland
Kevin Barnes is turning into one of the more interesting cornerback prospects in this year's class. The former track standout is obviously very fast and has used that speed to work his way up the depth chart at Maryland. As a freshman he primarily played on special teams, but by the next season he was too valuable to leave out of the regular rotation at cornerback. As a junior he started every game and led the team with four interceptions and also recorded 65 tackles and nine pass breakups. Since his sophomore season, Barnes has gotten much, much better. His continual improvement is turning a lot of heads. Add his blazing speed to his great instincts and developing understanding of the game and Barnes could be a solid NFL corner. He will also use his athleticism and jumping ability to effectively cover taller receivers. Yet, he will need another good season in college before anybody will be willing to take a huge risk on him. Thus far, his senior season at Maryland has gone very well. Barnes already has two interceptions in three games. If he can keep improving, Barnes could virtually come out of nowhere and into a first day selection. 10/26 Update: After a horrible start, Maryland has turned their season around and is tied with Florida State atop the ACC Atlantic division standings with a 3-1 record. However, Barnes is no longer part of that turnaround. The cornerback started the first seven games of his senior season, but will miss the rest of the 2008 campaign with a shoulder injury. That will probably, barring a healthy and impressive performance at the combine, be enough to keep him out of the first day of the draft. 1/13 Update: Barnes' injury has kept him under the radar. He only played in seven games, but they were relatively productive games. His lack of size is an issue and that, along with his injury, will keep him out of the early rounds of the draft. If he is healthy enough, Barnes will have to have a solid showing at the combine to make any significant noise heading into the draft. 3/24 Update: The injury was a problem, but Barnes put all those concerns to rest at the NFL Combine. His numbers were extremely impressive and he proved to be fast and athletic. His production during his years at Maryland was not too shabby either. By his numbers, Barnes could be a first day selection. However, he is more likely a third or fourth round pick.
Last Updated Mar-24-2009 by Joel Welser
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