UNC ('21), Notre Dame ('21), Boston College ('21)
Rare class of human that runs sub-4.4 (40 yd.) at 6'5 240lbs. He has natural athleticism and has not yet maxed out his frame. Showed he can play with a hand in the dirt, off the line, and drop in coverage. Spys and closes on athletic QBs with proficiency. Raw; many of his deficiencies can be coaches, his strenghts can not be.
Simply loses one on one when and OT gets their hands on him; underpowered and technique doesn't compensate. For as fast as he tests, he doesn't routinely beat OT with his speed. Plays too high and without power. Gets washed out in the run game and stalemated as a pass rusher. Measurables look better than his tape.
Is Barno a versatile hybrid or does he simply not have a home in the NFL? There is a very fine line and Barno has managed to find it. He is underpowered for a true Edge Rusher, and lacks the technique to compensate. He seems indecisive and unnatural in space, making a full-time transition to LB unlikely. His value remains in the eye of a beholder. On Day 3 of the NFL Draft, a GM who is looking to take the best "athlete" available may look his way. The Combine numbers certainly pop; however, I don't think they compensate for his marginal tape and production. Barno's best season was 2020, where he managed to secure All-ACC Third Team (Phil Steele). Lack of acolades combined with a modest 78 Tackles and 9.5 Sacks in two years at Virginia Tech don't help his resume. Barno is a raw project with upside; likely to hear his name called on Day 3 of the Draft by a team valuing his top athleticism and willing to invest long-term in his physical (added bulk) and technical development.
Extremely athletic. More fast than explosive; closes on the ball very quickly. Able to spy athletic QB's, mirror, and close quickly in space. Once he's locked in on a target, he's there in a flash. Athletic build with frame to add more bulk. Thin lower half. A bit high-cut; doesn't play with a solid base and looks off-balance changing direction. Can flip his hips naturally at 6'5 240lbs.
Pass Rush Ability:
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Big Play Ability
Smoth get off but not urgent. Plays tall which exasperates his already underpowered frame. Limited understanding of leverage and engages OL too upright to win regularly. Limited pass rush aresenal; runs at the OT without a plan and far too often stalemated. Flashes an effective spin move but uses it only on rare occasion. Can run himself past the pocket trying to avoid contact. Closes on the QB in a hurry but doesn't finished with power.
Against The Run:
Can stack and shed with long arms and string plays out to the sideline. Large wingspan; can hit and wrap in the open field. Underpowered on contact; failed to drop Sam Howell despite a clean shot. Liability in the run game; easily neuralized and doesn't bring power behind his pads on contact. Removed from the play without extra effort from the blocker.
Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
Doesn't tire as the game progresses; consistent from play to play. Appears to be content being blocked. Doesn't possess violent hands or show an urgency to get off blocks. Brings a level of emotion to the defense.
Versatile in VT's defense; played with hand down, out of a two point, and dropped in covereage. Exceptional athlete that doesn't have a true fit on a conventional defense. Feet stop in space while he's processing. Misreads read-option often. Unrefined eyes.