Christian Barmore’s best fits in the 2021 NFL Draft
Christian Barmore is an exciting defensive line prospect, and down the stretch, he might have done enough to rise in the interior defensive line class. He’s not a surefire first-round pick. However, he’s bound to get early interest with his upside and relatively complete pallet of traits. Additionally, if he doesn’t go in Round 1, he’s an excellent value addition on Day 2.
Barmore’s polish will need to be corrected at the NFL level. If he doesn’t go to a team with a proven track record of development on the interior defensive line, his upside could be impacted. It’ll be up to teams to make sure they can create an environment conducive to further development for Barmore. Beyond that, Barmore has the size, athleticism, and urgency to be a versatile threat.
Which teams could use Barmore’s talents the most?
Barmore’s size profiles best in a 4-3 defensive tackle role, which lines up most often at the three-technique, across from the guard’s outside shoulder. But with his length, power, and initial burst, Barmore can also line up farther outside, and he can also cause disruption all the way to the nose in a 3-4.
That said, when thinking of the three-technique as Barmore’s best alignment, teams like the Cowboys, Vikings, Saints, and Raiders seem like his best fits
I think I'd rather see us draft a difference making 3T than a DE with our first pick.
Oline...early and often this draft