Looks natural in pass protection. Isn’t overly physical initially at the point of attack when a defender lines up over his face. But exhibits the type of flexibility to sit into his stance, extend his arms and pick up stunting/slanting defenders inside. Looks natural keeping his base down, sliding his feet and can mirror in space. Possesses above average lateral range, can redirect cleanly and anchor with some consistency through the play. Does a nice job extending his hands into contact and looked a lot more balanced this year with his punch when trying to gain inside leverage. At times will still get his hands outside the target in the run game, but improved significantly in this area from 2008.
Impression: He’s an above-average athlete who can bend and redirect. Looks like a potential draftable center to me who should have a good shot at making an NFL roster and possibly contributing down the line."
Negatives: Not real strong at POA... Not a pile mover... Light handed... Gets too high and will reach, lean and overextend... Bends at the waist... Occasionally stops his feet upon contact."
In 2009 Barnes played a big role in breaking in new quarterback Blaine Gabbert. While giving Gabbert plenty of time to throw, the offensive line played a much more important role in 2009. It was again Barnes who was the leader of the unit. The passing attack was not as explosive in 2010, but the line only gave up 20 sacks and the Tigers finished 10-2. Barnes certainly deserves a lot of credit for Missouri's success during his senior season and he was rewarded by being named to the All-Big 12 First Team.
Barnes will be rewarded again on draft day. He is a three year starter who has plenty of experience and, at 6-4 and 300 pounds, more than enough size to push back opposing linemen. Barnes' stock is rising and he is considered by many as one of the top three centers in this class and that means he should be off the board by the third or fourth round."
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