2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IDL Christian Barmore

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Christian Barmore originally committed to Temple, but bigger schools came in on him during his final two seasons at Neumann Goretti High School (PA). After redshirting during his first season in Tuscaloosa, he went on to play a key reserve role. Starting down the backstretch as a redshirt freshman (2019), he displayed plenty of flashes that many thought would lead to him becoming an eventual starter. Still serving as a backup in 2020, he managed to still build off of the intriguing flashes shown the previous season. Despite nursing a knee injury that forced him to miss the season opener against Missouri (knee), he continued to improve each game after that. 

As a 3-technique, Barmore has yet to become a full-time starter. Despite that, he already has a rock-solid and mature upper body that makes it hard for blockers to engage and stick against his frame. The Alabama interior defender possesses outstanding raw power combined with active, busy, and powerful hands that enable his frame to remain clean and disengage when desired. Even though he’s had limited reps, Barmore has proven to be excellent with executing swim/arm over moves that allow him to make plays behind the line or in his gap as a run defender. As a redshirt freshman, he was treated mostly as a third-down specialist prior to the final four games of the season. He has the versatility to play 1- or 3-technique in an even front, but he’s also spent a lot of his reps as a base 4i/4-technique in Alabama’s odd front. Barmore doesn’t understand the leverage of how to withstand against double teams and he can be pushed back because of his high pad level. The redshirt sophomore interior defender is more of a power than actual moves type of pass rusher. Swim moves are his only effective move to date, but as he gains more experience with in-game reps, he has the potential to become more comfortable with adding more to his arsenal. 

Ideal Role: Starting 3-technique.

Scheme Fit: Used mostly as a penetrating 3-technique that’s able to create vertical push and disruption.

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Written By:

Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Jordan Reid is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Gaining experience from various lenses of the game, he has previously served as a college quarterback, position coach, and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina Central University. He now serves as a Color Commentator for FloSports, covering both high school and college football games around the country while also being the host of The Reid Option Podcast.