VIDEO: Barr on Pro Day

All-American linebacker Anthony Barr talked after Pro Day at UCLA, how he improved his 40-yard dash time and his draft stock...

Anthony Barr, the senior UCLA linebacker, talked about his performance at UCLA Pro Day Wednesday.


On how important Pro Day was:
It's very important. It's a job interview. A chance to get exposure and show the coaches what I'm capable of doing. It was a very productive day.

On prepping for the day:
You just have to go back to the work that you've done. No pressure really. I know I've worked hard and I'm here for a reason, so just go out and do what I'm capable of doing.

On what he'd been working on:
Everything I worked on today, I've been working on for the last 9-10 weeks. Now I just go out and execute.

On what he ran the 40 in:
4.45. That was much better than my combine time. I don't know what happened that day. But I'm back to being myself. All of my numbers went up. I jumped six more inches, benched four more reps. I ran two-tenths of a second faster.

On what he attributes it to:
I'm not going to make any excuses. I underperformed greatly that day. I know I felt lighter on my feet which is one of the reasons I was able to succeed today. I've lost about eight pounds and I'm 247. I cut out the carbs and trying to eat as clean as possible.

On the interaction with the NFL guys at the pro day:
I have no idea whats going on. I'm just doing what I'm told to do. Hopefully one day I'll be able to call the shots, but I'm just following directions.

On if he was bothered by his performance at the combine:
Yeah, that really upset me. I was more frustrated with myself, disappointed with myself. That's just the kind of guy I am, I'm a competitor. I want to go out there and perform well, with every event.

On competing against his teammates:
I'm not competing against these guys. We do what we do. They're my boys. I'm pulling for them. I want them to succeed. I'm going to keep getting better myself.

On how important Pro Day is:
It's very important. It's a job interview. It's your chance to improve on what you did a couple of weeks ago.

On what he's heard about his draft stock:
I don't get in to that, I don't read any of that stuff. That's not my job. A lot of teams talk to me. A couple more weeks, the wait will be over.

On what he focused on since combine:
Just prove it, really. What's done is done, I can't go back and change that, but I can prove it. I was definitely disappointed. Coming back from the combine, I trained back at UCLA. He drove my body good. I think just being with someone who knows your body, and listen to that and apply it.

On being compared to Kahlil Mack:
I haven't seen his tape. I met him, he's a good guy and it's a competition.

On if he still feels like he's in position for No. 1:
I never changed my expectations. I shoot for the sky. I can't control that stuff.

On where he's been training:
With Athletic Gaines in Sherman Oaks.
 


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