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.
From TFY Draft Preview
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.
Panthers show considerable interest in Barnes
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