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Anthony Barr -Sixth IMPACT Trophy Winner as First-Round NFL Selection
- Updated: May 12, 2014
Linebacker Anthony Barr of UCLA became the sixth Lott IMPACT Trophy winner to be selected in the first round of the annual NFL Draft. He was selected No. 9 overall by the Minnesota Vikings.
The other past winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy drafted in the first round were:
– David Pollack, Georgia (2004, Cincinnati)
– Glenn Dorsey, LSU (2007, Kansas City)
– Jerry Hughes, TCU (2009, Indianapolis)
– J.J. Watt, Wisconsin (2010, Houston)
– Luke Kuechly, Boston College (2011, Carolina)
Three other winners were early second round picks: DeMeco Ryans, Alabama (1st pick of 2nd round by Houston); James Laurinaitis (3rd pick of 2nd round by St. Louis); Manti Te’o (6th pick of 2nd round by San Diego).
The other finalists from last year: Chris Borland (Wisconsin Linebacker) was chosen by San Francisco in the third round (77th overall).
Devon Kennard (USC Linebacker) was selected by the New York Giants in the fifth round. Kennard was one of five team captains selected by the Giants who admitted they focused on character in this year’s draft.
James Morris (Iowa, Linebacker) was not chosen in any of the seven rounds, but signed a free-agent contract with the New England Patriots the day after the draft. Morris, who had 400 tackles in his career and maintained a 3.97 GPA in political science has already been awarded more than $30,000 in postgraduate scholarships and received the Big Ten Medal of Honor for his outstanding accomplishments on and off the field.
Five other players who were on the 2013 Lott Watch List were first round choices – Aaron Donald of Pitt (St. Louis), Jason Verrrett of TCU (San Diego), Ryan Shazier of Ohio State (Pittsburgh), C.J. Mosley of Alabama (Baltimore) and Bradley Roby of Ohio State (Denver).