Khalif Barnes, OT, Washington
Height: 6:05.6 Weight: 305
Overview: One of the most physically gifted offensive linemen in a Pac-10 Conference that boasts an array of standout tackles, Barnes has seen his draft stock continue to rise throughout the offseason. He has all the tools pro teams look for in a quality blocker -- size, strength, temperament and outstanding quickness. A vocal leader on the team, the coaching staff called him an exceptional athlete with good footwork for an offensive tackle. A standout defensive tackle at Mount Miguel High School, where he recorded 120 total tackles and nine sacks during his senior season, he earned San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic, All-League and All-CIF honors in 1998 and 1999. He also excelled in school, as Barnes was a four-time honor roll member and a four-time Golden Pyramid Scholar. He redshirted at Washington in 2000, spending the time adjusting to offensive tackle after originally being recruited for the defense. Barnes went on to start 42 consecutive games before a right wrist fracture in a 2004 mid-October practice would bring his Husky career to an end. He began to receive national attention in 2001, when he battled the NCAA's single-season record holder in quarterback sacks, Terrell Suggs of Arizona State, to only four tackles while preventing the Sun Devil from penetrating the backfield. Barnes manned the left tackle position throughout the 2002 campaign and was even used as a receiver on a trick play during the 2002 Sun Bowl. Barnes started all year at weak-side tackle in 2003, picking up All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention and Player of the Game honors vs. Washington State and Stanford. The team captain was having an excellent 2004 season, as he did not allow a tackle, sack or pressure in two of the team's first five games before suffering a fractured wrist in practice on Oct. 13. The injury would sideline him for the rest of the season.
Analysis: Positives...Has good bone structure, with long limbs, big back, good bubble, solid midsection and thick thighs. ... Has good frame growth potential and plays with sudden explosion to gain leverage. ... Rolls his hips on contact and has the ability to cave the line of scrimmage. ... Consistently finishes his blocks for the running game. ... Quick to gain position in the second level and is outstanding working the short pull. ... Will not over-extend or slip off blocks and has learned to play flat-footed (earlier in his career, he would play up on his toes, causing him to slip off blocks). ... Shows good quickness off the ball and the hip snap needed to get in front on blocks. ... When working in-line, he is good with his feet on contact and gets movement on level one defenders. ... Also shows quickness with reach blocks (does a good job of getting his head in front on reach blocks to seal off the corner) and gets enough leverage to cut off the edge. ... Pulls and traps with his feet flat-footed and is very quick to get out of his stance. ... In pass protection, he is quick to set up out of his stance and has good arm extension to keep the defensive end off his body. ... Gets into the block with ease and although he is not considered a mauler, he tries to stay up and on the block. ... Has the lateral agility to get out of his stance and reach a wide defensive end. ... Plays with leverage and keeps his feet on the move. ... Takes better angles working in-line than on the secondlevel, but is able to adjust with ease to a moving target and gets out suddenly on pulls and traps. ... Light on his feet and can adjust on the fly. ... Stays under control and has the ability to neutralize a wide edge rusher with his balance, foot speed and wingspan. ... Shuffles his feet well laterally and demonstrates good hand placement to mirror and slide in pass protection. ... Despite his size, he is more of a finesse blocker, but takes good angles on the move, especially when working in the second level.
Negatives... Is a little thin jointed in his upper body, but his frame has the potential to add more growth. ... Has exceptional quickness and good leg drive, but needs to put forth the extra hours in the weight room to increase his upper body strength. ... Gets a bit straight-legged, at times, resulting in him having some problems with twists, but he can recoil and recover. ... When he gets too straight-legged, he will get off-balance, but he has the leg strength to anchor and hold his ground at the point of attack. ... Places his hands well, but doesn't do it with much violence. ... Needs to add lower body strength, as he's a bit top-heavy and can be rocked back on his heels by a strong bull rush. ... When he narrows his base, he has problems sustaining and driving through blocks and struggles to anchor vs. the pass rush.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 4.92 in the 40-yard dash...415-pound bench press...600-pound squat...371-pound power clean...32-inch vertical jump...9'3" broad jump...Right-handed...20/30 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.94 in the 40-yard dash...2.91 20-yard dash...1.76 10-yard dash...4.54 20-yard shuttle...7.57 three-cone drill...35-inch vertical jump...8'10" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times...34-inch arm length...10 1/8-inch hands...16 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Mount Miguel (Spring Valley, Cal.) High School, playing football for coach Dave Gross...Recorded 120 total tackles and nine sacks during his senior season...Member of the San Diego Union-Tribune's All-Academic first-team...Named All-League and All-CIF in 1998 and 1999...Received two votes in Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West" team...An All-League and All-CIF performer in 1998...Voted the conference's Defensive MVP...Also played basketball and was an All-Conference selection for the hoops team... Four-time honor roll member and a four-time Golden Pyramid Scholar.
Personal: Sociology major...Son of Mary and Frank Barnes...Born 4/21/82 in San Diego, California... Resides in Spring Valley, California.
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