NFL Draft Profile: Amare Barno, Defensive End, Virginia Tech Hokies

NFL draft profile scouting report for Virginia Tech defensive end, Amare Barno.
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Amare Barno
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#38
Pos: DE
Ht: 6052
Wt: 235
DOB: 4/26/99
Eligible: 2022
Blythewood, SC
Westwood

Amare Barno
Virginia Tech Hokies


Pros: 

Jarvis: Long frame with a ton of room for development going forward. Experience and athletic profile as a stand-up rusher suggest possible scheme versatility. Excellent tackle radius that he can use to reach backs in open field pursuit situations. Flashes the ability to uncork power as a bull rusher on occasion. Length is a gamechanger when he utilizes it properly and he can threaten almost any tackle when he gets extension. Able to disrupt passing lanes and create havoc when he identifies the release and gets his mitts up in time.

Dietz: Barno splits his time playing as a 9-tech in base formations and moving more inside as a 7-tech in nickel. He’s a very athletic player with the body composition to put on up to twenty more pounds of muscle. Displays versatility in his game in which he properly lines up in different areas of the field. Limited snaps, but flashes potential to be more of a threat in coverage. Very astute at disengaging and being instinctual in the run game; closing speed is impressive.

Cons: 

Jarvis: Does not have adequate play strength for working with his hand in the dirt yet. Unreliable anchor and poor angles as a run defender will get him driven out of gaps. Lacks technical development with his hand usage as a pass-rusher. Average bend isn’t going to threaten athletic offensive tackles. Ineffective block shedder. Average lateral agility limits the angles that he can attack. Not an imposing player even in the run game, as he tackles more like an oversized linebacker than an edge defender. Fails to counter effectively after his first move gets shut down. First step is modest.

Dietz: As close to a zero as a pass-rusher as you can see - effort level is invisible and the ones he does finish on tape are simple cleanups. PR moves and repertoire are extremely lacking, focused simply on a bull-rush. Not very strong overall, but especially at the point of attack; will get washed out of the play within mere seconds by the offensive lineman. For a smaller defender playing on the LOS, his bend is somewhat disappointing. Doesn’t use the appropriate leverage when attached to the player in his way and loses balance. 

Summary: 

Jarvis: A JUCO transfer who moved from linebacker to defensive end in 2020, Barno launched into elite company by producing 16 tackles for a loss in his first full season of action with the Hokies. The long and lean pass-rusher has an excellent body type that figures to fill out as he continues to develop. While he has remarkable length at his disposal, his lack of refinement and high-end athletic traits for the position hold him back as a quarterback hunter. He will be a liability in the run game until improving his anchor and maximizing leverage, so a team that invests in him will need patience before seeing returns. Overall, Barno projects as a camp roster player who has the physical upside to be a valuable developmental practice squad piece, although he must take major steps forward with his game to warrant an extended look as a rosterable player at the NFL level.

Dietz: Amare Barno filled the stat sheet up during the 2020 season for the Virginia Tech Hokies, but the film study shows a different story. Playing on the defensive line does not suit his style of play whatsoever. He’s truly only reliable in the run game, and I could certainly see a team try and move him to off-ball linebacker. Barno plays with a lot of passion, and an NFL team may take a chance on his traits, but right now he’s maxed out as a special teams player.


One-Liners

Jarvis: “Overall, Barno projects as a camp roster player who has the physical upside to be a valuable developmental practice squad piece, although he must take major steps forward with his game to warrant an extended look as a rosterable player at the NFL level.”

Dietz: “Barno has some intriguing closing speed and a frame that could put some weight on, but at this stage, he is too small and weak to be a contributing NFL player.”

Grades

Current Player Value/Potential Player Value

Jarvis: 5.3/6.0 - XFL/CFL to Developmental

Dietz: 5.9 / 6.6