Uses his size well and shows ability to seal the edge because of it. Flashes potential as a drive blocker. Is able to get leverage and potential as a run blocker, when matching up against powerful interior players. Does best work when he's straight-ahead road grader. Can get out on the second level somewhat. Is able to lock on sometimes in pass protection and redirect defender. A widebody that is hard to get around for most pass rushers.
Has slow feet and struggles to match up against speed. Has poor technique, as he doesn't stay square and opens up his stance too early. Doesn't initiate contact on the edge, whiffs on his punch, and lets defenders get into his body. Doesn't get good depth on his pass drops, and struggles when you ask him to move. Doesn't show consistent pop as a run blocker, and has poor lateral footwork to be an effective zone blocker. Doesn't lock on as a run blocker, and his sloppy hands limits his effectiveness as a drive blocker. Needs to do a better job keeping his feet and not overextending as a run blocker. Limited athlete and not good in space, and constantly whiffs on his assignments when he's on the second level.
Barksdale spent two years as the starting right tackle at LSU before moving to left tackle as a senior, logging a total of 39 career starts (13 at LT, 26 at RT). But with each year, there wasn't a lot of improvement from him, and he just doesn't seem to be athletic enough to stay on the outside at the next level. Came to LSU as a defensive tackle, but moved to offense before his freshman year, and doesn't play with the sort of mean streak that most former defenders show up front.
He looked better as a junior at right tackle than he did as a senior at left tackle, and playing at the latter position is completely out the window at the next level. He might make a decent right tackle since his limitations in pass protection aren't as readily apparent tehre, but he'd still be limited. He'd probably at best be an okay reserve. His best position in the pros is moving inside to guard. He's best in a short-area where his size allows him to get position and leverage as a run blocker. But his lack of pop, sloppy hand use, and limited athleticism doesn't make him as good a run blocker as he should be. He flashes the potential to be a road grader inside, but he needs work. He does have some long-term potential to develop down the road into a starter if he adds polish and is coached up. But he's fairly raw in terms of his technique and footwork for a three-year starter, and I'm not confident he's going to do a lot of improvement from this point on. There just isn't enough to like about him besides his size and strength to think he's going to develop into anything more than a career backup. The best comparison for him is probably developing into a player like Trai Essex, who is versatile because he can play inside and outside, but is very limited when he does play and overmatched as a starter.
Barksdale's potential as a Falcon is mainly as a depth guy. He's too raw and inconsistent to think that Boudreau is going to waste a ton of time with him. He could push for a practice squad spot initially, and if he managed to stick, then he might develop as a deserve reserve down the road as a guard. But more than likely, the Falcons will prefer less talented players that are more consistent and have less development time to overtake him in the future.
Barksdale's upside could get him drafted, but because of his longer length to impact and raw tools, he's probably only worth a seventh rounder at best despite flashing a talent level and upside that rivals or exceeds many mid-round picks.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Blocking: 2.5
Run Blocking: 3.5
Mean Streak: 2.5
Scouting reports of the centers, guards, and tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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