Amare Barno

  • EDGE Hokies
  • Junior
  • #186
  • 6'5"
  • 245lbs
  • Prospect
  • Atlantic Coast

2021 Season









Top Traits

First Step Explosiveness

First Step Explosiveness

Amare Barno

Barno is clean out of either a two or three-point stance and doesn’t feature wasted movement when releasing. He can do a better job of using his initial steps to set up his rush and draw blockers out of their set. He’s quick off the ball, but explosive is too aggressive of a term and he doesn’t often gain much depth with his initial steps.



Amare Barno

Barno has the flexibility needed to run the arc and bend around the edge. He does well to reduce his already limited surface area to slip around edges and get around blockers. He’s comfortable in space, changing directions, and extending his arms to make plays outside of his frame.



Amare Barno

This is the most consistent aspect of his game that shows up. Barno does well to play with extension to maintain separation from blocks to give him a chance to disengage and not get swallowed up by his opponents. His length also shows up in a big way when playing in space in terms of how he plays off contact and is able to tackle outside of his frame.

Prospect Summary

Amare Barno began his career at Butler Community College before transferring to Virginia Tech in 2019. He was initially an off-ball linebacker but transitioned to defensive end entering the 2020 season. Barno is a long, athletic, and flexible edge rusher that is slippery around tight corners. He is comfortable playing in space and the best component of his game is his length, where he does well to maintain separation from blocks, tackle outside of his frame, and maximize his range. There is some rawness to his game as a pass rusher given his newness to the position, but given his foundation of traits, it’s fair to believe his best football is ahead of him. As a run defender, Barno finds his success slashing through gaps and utilizing his length. With that said, he doesn’t have the mass or functional strength to consistently set a firm edge and squeeze gaps. If offensive linemen can get their hands on him, Barno is guilty of getting pushed around. The key for him moving forward is getting stronger and refining his hand technique to produce more consistent results. In Year One, Barno should have some appeal as a designated pass rusher on long and late downs. By year two or three, he could develop into a prominent piece of a defensive front that’s multiple in alignments and understands how to unleash his skill set to attack gaps, play in space, and tap into his overall versatility while not exposing his limitations.

Ideal Role: Developmental hybrid edge

Scheme Fit: Hybrid front


Written by Joe Marino 

Games watched: Virginia (2020), Clemson (2020), North Carolina (2021), West Virginia (2021), Boston College (2021)

Best Game Studied: North Carolina (2021)

Worst Game Studied: Clemson (2020)

First Step Explosiveness: See Above.

Flexibility: See Above.

Hand Counters: Barno does well to activate his hands and use his length to keep separation from blockers. With that said, he isn’t overly sudden with his combinations and lacks the counters needed at the top of his rush to clear contact and soften edges. There is technical growth with his hands needed to complement his flexibility and athleticism. 

Length: See Above.

Hand Power: Barno won’t be confused as a heavy-handed EDGE rusher. Instead, the pop in his hands necessary to jolt blockers and soften angles is missing. His hand-combating moves lack urgency and pop.

Run Defending: Barno features a lean, narrow, and wiry build that presents challenges in the run game, especially from the weakside. Asking him to set the edge and squeeze down gaps isn’t going to provide consistent results. He lacks the mass and functional strength to consistently maintain his run fits and is better used to slash through gaps from a standup position.

Effort: Barno plays hard but he’s not a relentless pursuer of the football and there are times he appears gassed on the field. He lacks the hand technique and functional strength to maximize a hot motor. I do appreciate how he competes in the trenches despite his lean and narrow frame.

Football IQ: Barno is a converted linebacker and his comfort processing and playing in space due to that background shows up frequently on tape. With that said, he has plenty of room for growth when it comes to reading the set of blockers and setting up his pass-rush plan. There is an apparent rawness to his game as a true edge defender.

Lateral Mobility: Barno is extremely comfortable working laterally and pursuing toward the sideline. He is consistent with contain responsibilities, which is maximized by his length and lateral movement skills. He easily works down the line of scrimmage and can make plays from the backside.

Versatility: Barno can do a bit of everything, but nothing at an overly high level. There are ways for him to be utilized in a way that makes him effective defending the run, rushing the passer, and dropping into coverage. He should find most of his appeal from teams that are multiple with its fronts and can incorporate a skill set like his.


TDN Consensus: 71.17/100 (Fifth Round Value)

Crabbs Grade: 71.50/100

Marino Grade: 72.50/100

Sanchez Grade: 69.50/100