Panthers show considerable interest in Barnes

PantherInsider.com has learned that the Panthers have expressed considerable interest in Offensive Tackle Khalif Barnes from the University of Washington, and intend on bringing him in for a workout and interview in the next few weeks.

Barnes is 6" 5" tall and weighs 305 lbs. He was a four-year starter with the Huskies.

Regarded as the fastest offensive tackle in the 2005 draft, Barnes has good footwork and the physical make-up to be a solid left tackle in the NFL. He is very athletic, and would fit very well in the Panthers' offensive scheme.

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School: Washington Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 305 40: 5.00 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four year starter at both left and weakside tackle. Previous All-Conference selection who missed half the season last year with a broken wrist. Considered the best player on the Washington football team.

Positives: Big, athletic lineman soaring up draft boards. Sets with a wide base, works to bend his knees and keeps his feet moving throughout the action. Quick off the snap and a solid position blocker who seals running lanes. Patient, makes good use of blocking angles and powerful at the point. Jolts defenders with hand punch and controls them once engaged in a block. Nasty, engulfs opponents or buries them into the ground. Had a sensational week of Senior Bowl practice when he devastated the opposition.

Negatives: Not a nimble lineman, has difficulty adjusting and beaten by inside moves. Cannot redirect to linebackers on the second level. Does not play with great balance or show top blocking range.

Analysis: An offensive tackle prospect with excellent measurables and a lineman who tests well, Barnes has been on a straight shot North since January. Needs to polish his game and improve his footwork in space yet possesses the underlying natural skills to become a productive starting tackle in the NFL.

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