At 6’0″, 212 pounds Freddie Barnes doesn’t have the size to be a possession receiver. Since he wasn’t invited to the combine, his Pro Day on Wednesday was his big chance to prove that he has the speed to make up for his lack of size.
Unfortunately, Barnes disappointed. He was clocked in the 4.6 range in the 40 which, combined with his lack of size, raises serious doubts about his ability to play at the next level.
I still think Barnes is an intriguing prospect. Anyone who’s that productive in college deserves a serious look from the NFL. However, there are certain benchmark numbers in terms of size and speed that players need to post to generate consideration in the first three rounds. At this point its tough to imagine Barnes not falling into the 4th round or lower.
I’ve been trying to come up with a reasonable NFL comparison for Barnes and I can’t think of anyone. There just aren’t many NFL receivers of Barnes’ stature without impressive speed.