Christian Barmore NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Christian Barmore NFL Draft Profile, Highlights and NFL Comparison

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By Mitchell Wolfe April 2, 2021 0 Comment
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Christian Barmore is a 2021 NFL Draft Prospect

Christian Barmore is a defensive tackle from Alabama and a prospect in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. He played in 11 of Alabama’s 12 games and made five starts during the 2020 season.

Barmore recorded 37 tackles (22 solos), 9.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and three forced fumbles. He led the Crimson Tide in sacks, finishing second in the SEC. According to Pro Football Focus, Barmore tied for the fourth-highest graded interior defenders (20% snap minimum) with a Defensive grade of 90.0 (72.6 Run Defense, 69.6 Tackling, 91.5 Pass Rush). His Pass Rush grade was the highest in the nation at his position.

Barmore flew under the radar for most of his high school career. Hailing from Philadelphia, he originally committed to nearby Temple. However, SEC schools slowly started calling, and after receiving offers from Georgia and Florida, Barmore reopened his recruitment. He ended up as a four-star prospect, among the top-ten in Pennsylvania and a top-20 defensive tackle nationally. After earning an offer from Alabama, he committed to the Crimson Tide.

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Barmore redshirted during his first year in Tuscaloosa in 2018. In 2019, he played in 12 of Alabama’s 13 games; on only 269 snaps, he earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team. Going into the 2020 season, Barmore dealt with a knee injury that caused him to miss the first game of the season. He returned against Texas A&M and struggled over the next few games, as he seemed to be playing hurt.

However, Barmore flipped the switch in the last two months of the season. In his last six games, he recorded at least one TFL and one sack in five games and forced two fumbles. Barmore earned spots on various All-American teams, along with Second-Team All-SEC, and capped off his 2021 campaign by earning Defensive MVP for the 2021 National Championship Game against Ohio State.

In the NFL, Christian Barmore projects as an interior defensive lineman that can contribute in nearly any scheme from multiple alignments. Barmore played everywhere along the defensive line for Alabama and can play 0-1T or 3T in a one- or two-gapping front. He has exceptional power and is moves surprisingly well laterally. Barmore has some things he needs to learn and just generally needs more experience. But his raw gifts (size, strength, athleticism) will be coveted by the majority of NFL teams; Barmore is an extraordinary ball of clay that can rejuvenate an entire defensive line.

Scouting Capsule

Christian Barmore NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Scouting Capsules compiled by The Brawl Network Draft Analysts Kyle Fahey, Tyler Lawrence, Daniel Kitchen, and Mitchell Wolfe.

Measurements & Pro Day

At Alabama, Christian Barmore was listed at 6’5″ and 310 pounds. At Alabama’s Pro Day, Barmore measured in at 6 feet and 4 1/8 inches (6041) and 310 pounds. His hands are 10″, his arms are 34 5/8″, and his wingspan is 81 3/8″. Barmore ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds (with a 1.76 10-yard split); he also ran the short shuttle in 4.75 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.81 seconds.

Highlights

Strengths

  • Ideally sized to play any interior defensive line position; has experience playing 0-7T all along the line, along with being asked to one-gap and two-gap from different alignments.
  • Outstanding play strength in run defense and pass rush: able to hold up and maintain gap integrity versus the majority of offensive linemen, can bench press OL into the backfield too; lots of power in his hands to push linemen into the pocket and can eat hand strikes from OL and keep rushing without stopping.
  • Good use of hands: very active hands in pass rush to confuse OL, uses them in various moves to deflect and defeat the OL; good placement against the run and has the power to control opponent’s chest.
  • Moves well laterally against the run, reading the runner and the scheme; can diagnose the run sometimes and does a decent job staying free and helping make the tackle.
  • Very good on slants, stunts, twists, and loops: moves surprisingly well laterally, slants into gaps quite quickly to surprise offensive linemen; good sense of timing, slams into lineman with lots of power and strength to blow open holes in the pocket.

Weaknesses

  • Not particularly explosive or quick off the snap, even for his size; frequently the last defensive lineman to cross the line of scrimmage and engage with OL.
  • Need to play with lower pad level and better leverage: plays a little too high and can still win with raw strength and power, but he’ll need to get lower to win against NFL linemen.
  • Inexperienced and raw: only two years of playing experience and only started six games; misses some assignments in the run game as he is too aggressive and gets upfield too quickly.
  • Somewhat inconsistent, as he struggled early in the year (possibly due to injury) before eventually turning it on; teams will need to confirm his injury was the sole reason for his struggles.

NFL Comparison

Muhammad Wilkerson (New York Jets 2011 – 2017, Green Bay Packers 2018)

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I cover and write about the NFL, the NFL Draft, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am originally from Hershey, PA and was raised a Pittsburgh sports fan. I went to Boston College for undergrad and am currently finishing a Master's degree in Sports Business at Temple University, concentrating in Sport Analytics.

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