Alex Bars, Notre Dame
Standing at 6-5, 313-lbs, Alex Bars out of Notre Dame a behemoth of a man, and an underrated prospect in this year’s draft likely due to a 2018 knee injury. Despite that, he finished with an even 76.0 Pro Football Focus grade.
Being a Notre Dame prospect, Bars is of course known as a mauler with an explosive amount of power out of his stance. Despite a lack of length (33-inch arms), Bars is able to push forward with pure power. Because he is so explosive on the point of contact, Bars is a natural fit as a pulling guard in the NFL.
Bars also finished well in PFF pass-blocking efficiency with a 99.1 grade, good for eighth among guards in the 2019 class. He allowed just six sacks and three quarterbacks in 1,035 pass-blocking snaps. In terms of run-blocking, his PFF stats proved his status as a power run-blocker; he had a run-blocking success rate of 93.1%, good for sixth.
Bars played three positions during his tenure with the Fighting Irish including right and left guard and right tackle. That versatility and power as a run-blocker should help Bars get off the board either in the third or fourth rounds.
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