YikesVikes wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:23 pm
VikingLord wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:20 pm
I agree - I would not characterize Barr as a bust at all. He's a good player who can play great at times. He's just not a guy teams have to scheme around IMHO.
Based on being drafted 9TH OVERALL, that's a bust.
That seems a little subjective. While I understand your point, I can't agree with it, at least not without some context.
Barr was drafted in 2014, 9th overall as you point out. So let's see who was drafted after him in the 1st round (I'll limit it to the 1st round as those are players the remaining NFL teams felt merited their selection and are ones the Vikings could have drafted instead of Barr).
For reference, the list of players can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_NFL_Draft
A couple of names jump off the list:
- Odell Beckham to the Giants at #12
- Aaron Donald to the Rams at #13
- Kyle Fuller to the Bears at #14
- Ryan Shazier to the Steelers at #15
- CJ Mosely to the Ravens at #17
Just for context, of the players taken before the 9th pick in 2014, I'd say these stood out over time:
- Jadeveon Clowney to the Texans at #1
- Khalil Mack to the Raiders at #5
As for the remaining players drafted in the 1st round in 2014, I can't say any of them have stood out over their careers. Some had a good season or two, but most have been largely average NFL players, and some became outright busts.
Where would I put Barr in the context of his peers from the 1st round of the 2014 draft?
I'd probably say he's in the pool of the better players in the 1st round of that draft, in the notable group that includes Ryan Shazier or CJ Mosely or Kyle Fuller. He's not in the same league as Beckham, Donald, Mack or Clowney, all of whom have had a large impact on their teams.
Does that make him a bust? Does being one of the more impactful players from your draft round and year without being among the most impactful players make someone a failed pick?
I guess that's something that is more in the eyes of the beholder, but in my view a bust is someone who literally can't stay in the league past their rookie deal and makes no positive impact on the team that drafted him.
IIRC, Barr was viewed as a somewhat risky pick when he came out. He had good size and speed, but his college production didn't match his physical talents and I think that hurt his draft stock a bit. From what I can tell, those concerns were valid and translated to his performance as a pro. He's definitely capable of impacting games. He's just inconsistent in terms of how and when he does it. Some of that could be scheme as we don't know what Zimmer is asking him to do, but Barr himself seems to vary quite a bit in terms of what he does week-to-week during the season.
I still would say he's far from a bust in relative terms. In absolute terms, I can see an argument for claiming that, but I still wouldn't agree with it because he's not a failed player.