Derek Barnett – 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Derek Barnett



Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
DE Tennessee 9 JR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'3 268 4.82 6'3 259 32 1/8 10

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.88 31 9'9 20* 6.96 4.44


Barnett has a great career at Tennessee, where he posted 197 tackles, a whopping 52.0 for loss, and 33.0 sacks. He is a nice tall edge rusher, he has good speed, he is a good pass rusher, he gets good pressure on the quarterback, and he is a sure fire tackler. He also bulls his way through the offensive line in pursuit of the quarterback. He does not posses elite edge rush speed but that does not hurt his game, he also has issues with big offensive lineman, as well as fast backs, and quarterbacks. With that said, I view Barnett as a 1st round pick, likely selected in the top 10-15 picks.


A tackling machine

A sack machine

Has good size

A good pass rusher

Has a non stop motor

Does not give up on any plays

Is in on every play

Gets good pressure on the QB

A sure fire tackler

Uses a bull rush to get through the offensive line

Does a good job of getting the QB and backs down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss


Does not have elite edge rusher speed

Gets manhandled at the line of scrimmage at times

Has issues with big lineman and tight ends

Misses some easy tackles

Has issues with fast backs and QBs

Career Stats:

Games Played: 39

Tackles: 197

Tackles For Loss: 52.0

Sacks: 33.0

Interceptions: 1

Pass Breakups: 6