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Vikings Take LB Anthony Barr 9th Overall

Updated: 05/09/2014 3:46 PM
Created: 05/08/2014 8:17 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert

The Minnesota Vikings drafted linebacker Anthony Barr with its first pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday night. Minnesota traded its eighth overall pick with the Cleveland Browns to end up with the ninth overall pick.

Barr is 6-foot-4-inch, 245-pound linebacker from UCLA. He recorded 10 sacks and 68 tackles during the 2013 season, 43 of them solo. He switched to linebacker after working as a running back his first two seasons.

The Vikings said Barr is the second-highest drafted linebacker in team history, behind only Chris Doleman at No. 4 in 1985. He is the seventh linebacker taken in the first round since the franchise started in 1961.

Barr will wear No. 55 for the Vikings.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman spoke to the media at the team's practice facility following Barr's selection. He thinks Barr hasn't reached his potential in limited time with the Bruins.

"You can't coach what he has," Spielman said. "Same conversations we had last year with Cordarrelle (Patterson). He has a very, very high ceiling because of his limited amount of time he's played on defense."

First-year head coach Mike Zimmer, very much a defensive-minded coach, complimented Barr for his size, intelligence and personality off the field, and said he would like to see him start considering how high he was drafted, possibly alongside Chad Greenway.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was taken by the Houston Texans as the first overall pick in the Draft.

The Vikings' later drafted quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd pick and final pick in the first round. In exchange, the Vikings gave up their second and fourth round picks.

Here is a complete list of the Vikings' draft picks:

Overall Pick (Round)

9 (1)

32 (1)

72 (3)

96 (3)

145 (5)

148 (5)

184 (6)

223 (7)


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