What Insiders Say About New Eagles DE Derek Barnett
On Thursday Night the Eagles selected Defense End Derek Barnett with the 14th overall pick. At the University of Tennessee Barnett compiled for his career 33 Sacks and 52 Tackles For Loss, better career statistics than number one overall pick Myles Garrett who also played in the SEC. Barnett was a 2016 Associated Press First Team All-American and he finished his career top 20 in NCAA FBS history in Tackles for Loss and Sacks.
ESPN.com NFL Insider KC Joyner joined The Sports Bash on Friday and discussed the value of Barnett putting up big numbers versus SEC competition:
“Barnett is doing it in the SEC, he’s doing it against top caliber competition, and that’s not always the differentiator. Sometimes even if you do it well in your conference, it still might not translate well to the NFL. He was doing it against top tackles; the SEC has got top offensive linemen....Will he be an impact guy? I don’t know if he will be a real impact guy, I think he is going to be at least somebody who you are going to say a few years down the line, this is somebody who gave us quality production. Might he get a couple double digit sack seasons? I think so. Is he going to be a 20 sacks guy? Probably not, but if he can get close to double digit sacks and contribute in a number of other ways, getting pass rush pressures, and other things like that, I think you are going to look back and say this was a very good pick."
Knoxville News Sentinel Tennessee football beat writer Rhiannon Potkey joined Mike Gill on Friday and gave insight in Barnett from his time at Tennessee:
"He's pretty soft spoken, to be honest, he's more of a guy who leads through actions....He'll definitely have a chip on his shoulder and I think that will only make him better. He heard a lot of the season those comparisons to (number one overall pick) Myles Garrett and he just always said 'Look at the tape, look at the production, that will speak for itself'....He had 33 Sacks and 29 of those came against SEC teams, so it wasn't like he was doing it against Tennessee Tech and building up the Sacks."