2020 NFL Draft scouting report for Nebraska linebacker Mohamed Barry.
We pay close attention to the top prospects when scouting the 2020 NFL Draft, but we all need to have a well-rounded knowledge of the class. It is important to understand the depth of the class and find potential gems for teams to take a chance on in the later rounds of the draft.
Today, we are going to take a close look at one of my favorite late-round prospects in the 2020 NFL draft class, Nebraska linebacker Mohamed Barry.
Weight: 245 pounds
Class: RS Senior
2019 Stats: 89 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack
Height and Weight come via the University of Nebraska
Barry is a stout and powerful inside linebacker prospect who moves extremely well for a man of his size. He shows good change of direction quickness and impressive play speed at all times. Barry shows explosive burst and closes on the ball extremely well.
A hard-nosed player who always seems to be around the ball, Barry works through traffic in the middle of the field extremely well. His competitive toughness is top-notch and he can legitimately defend from sideline-to-sideline. Barry shows the ability to mix it up on the inside but can chase down quick ball carriers on the outside as well.
In coverage, Barry is a bit sloppy and inconsistent. He shows plenty of promise in this department but needs to learn how to read the quarterback better. His combination of speed and size gives him a chance to defend most tight ends and running backs in man coverage, but can be fooled by advanced route runners.
Barry needs to improve his on-field awareness, but the talent is there for him to be a major defensive playmaker at the next level. Barry is an extremely high-motor player who possesses legitimate NFL speed and athleticism. He works to get to the ball at all times and is extremely physical at the point of attack.
Barry will likely start his career as a depth linebacker in the NFL. That being said, his high motor, speed and physicality could make him an extremely valuable special teams player. If his on-field awareness improves at the next level, he has a chance to grow into an impact player on the defensive side of the ball.