Patient pass protector; sits in his stance, not over-aggressive
Nice range and can be isolated 1v1
Reacts quickly to counter moves; good instincts
Comfortable in space
Starter in SEC since sophomore year
Terrific hand punch; keeps hands inside
Gets solid arm extension
Moves to second level with ease
Highly consistent in pass protection
Huge upside and potential
Great skill set for an NFL left tackle
Doesn't always finish his blocks
Not the most powerful run blocker
A little finesse; might lack a mean streak
Could get more push in run game
Occasionally misses assignments
Lacks some vision and awareness
Summary: I don't understand why Barksdale
isn't more well regarded as a 2011 NFL Draft prospect nationally,
but I really don't care. I have watched a lot of tape on the most
lauded 2010 NFL Draft tackle prospects, and Barksdale's games are easily the best.
He has a very high upside and has the raw talent to be an elite left tackle
in the NFL with the prototype technique to boot. He needs to prove he can man
the blind side as a senior at LSU, but I think when it's all said and done, he will at least
go in the first two rounds.
I have questions with Barksdale (pure speculation on my part)
because he seems to miss a block or two per game, and I'm slightly concerned about his intelligence.
That said, I'm giving Barksdale a first-round grade to start the 2010 season and he's
my No. 1 offensive tackle prospect for the 2011 NFL Draft.
Player Comparison: Joe Staley. Staley and Barksdale both have the raw athleticism and high level
of technique you look for in left tackles, but they are both finesse pass protectors who aren't very powerful
in the run game.