Three-year starter who earned First Team All-American honors in 2016, posting 56 tackles (19 for loss), 13 sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and five pass breakups. Led the Volunteers with 10 sacks as a sophomore in 2015 on his way to Second Team All-SEC honors, adding 69 tackles (12.5 for loss). Made 72 tackles (20.5 for loss) with 10 sacks as a true freshman and was named Second Team All-SEC. Tennessee’s all-time leader with 33 sacks and ranks second in school history with 52 tackles for loss.
Disruptive pass-rushing collegian with a large upside. Fires off the snap, plays with proper pad level and can bend off the edge while staying within his pass-rush angle. Very quick in the first five yards, plays with balance and body control and easily changes direction. Rarely off his feet, works his hands to defend himself and displays an array of moves getting off blocks. Forceful up the field, possesses an explosive closing burst and is a secure open-field tackler. Shows the ability to drop off the line of scrimmage on zone blitzes and covers a good amount of area playing in space.
Possesses more of a short burst which he cannot sustain and lacks great pursuit speed. Easily ridden from his angle of attack by offensive tackles if he does not get the first step on them. Struggles defending the run.
Barnett was a disruptive college defensive end who consistently made plays behind the line of scrimmage and was a difference maker. He comes with a good amount of upside but has size limitations and must improve his playing strength in order to develop into a three-down defender for Sundays.