2022 Guide: What Ourlads’ NFL Scouting Services said about AMARE BARNO:
Virginia Tech, 6045 246 4.36. Two-year starter, Blythewood, SC. Transfer from Butler Community College. Honorable Mention All-ACC in 2020. The former linebacker moved to defensive end and broke out in a big way in 2020 with 16 tackles for loss. While he did not build off that kind of production, the traits and tools are a major draw for a team looking to increase the speed at the edge of their pass rush. His easy movement in all directions and closing speed in space could allow him to drop into coverage roles in specific sets. The 3-4 defenses will have a spot for Barno at Buck or as a line of scrimmage linebacker. His role will be limited to pass rush situations early on, as his lack of strength and mass impede his impact against run blockers in a big way. Attractive traits and tools across the board with an exclamation point in the speed portion of the grading sheet. Top shelf long strider and leaper should promote the high ceiling outlook as a pure outside rusher. Moves fast in a hurry with a fidgety way about his movement patterns. Plus-length and is effective to distance himself from a blocker’s grasp. Will keep blockers guessing thanks to the ability to pounce inside or spin his way off a punch. Times his breaks well. Nasty, borderline scary ability in pursuit that will catch action from behind. Can be used in coverage with his easy hips and wide radius. Light frame that needs a more densely built lower half. Has receiver-type legs and it shows up when he is engaged with the blocker. A liability as a stay at home, gap integrity defender. Will evade rush lanes. Overshoots the edge too often. Poor hand strength rarely delivers a solid punch.
2021 stats: 35 T, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 10 QBH, 1 FF. Edge speed:left 2.19, right 2.15. OSR:2/36. Third/fourth round. (A-34, H-9, BP-18, 10-1.47).