have the 18th pick, but former UCLA LB Anthony Barr is likely to go earlier than that. (Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The New York Jets could use some reinforcements in their linebacking core, so it's understandable that they have their eye on UCLA's Anthony Barr.
Only problem for the Jets? Barr is one of the top linebacker prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft and likely won't be available come the Jets 18th pick. Because of that, it's possible the Jets may look into trading up if Barr starts to slip.
Multiple teams are said to be eying Barr, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 7), Minnesota Vikings (No. 8), Tennessee Titans (No. 11) and New York Giants (No. 12) so the Jets will certainly have their work cut out for them if they're to trade up and put themselves in position to draft Barr.
Some mock drafts have Barr going as high as the seventh selection, though most have him going around the 11th or 12th pick.
One thing working in Barr's favor is his ability to play in either a 3-4 defense or a 4-3 defense as NFL scouts believe his stout play will give him success in either formation, though do believe he's best suited for outside linebacker in a 3-4 system. He has drawn comparisons
to former Dallas Cowboys
(now Denver Broncos
) defensive end DeMarcus Ware
thanks to his all-around skill set.