Dominique Barber Scouting Report

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Dominique Barber Scouting Report

Position: FS
Conference: Big10
School: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #23
Height & Weight: 6'0 - 210 lbs.
Drafted 6.7 in 2008 by HOU

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Dominique Barber, FS, Minnesota

Dominique Barber turned in his best season to date in 2007, finishing as a Second team All Big 10 selection. Barber has a lot to live up to, but if genetics is any indication he'll do just fine in the NFL. The son of former NFL running back Marion Barber Jr., and the Brother of current Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III, Dominique made an interesting career choice by deciding to play safety at the collegiate level. Barber played in 12 games this season for the Gophers, registering 100 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 8 passes broken up in coverage, and forced one fumble. He has always been solid in coverage, but stepped up his run support tremendously this season. Barber played in 46 games during his career at Minnesota, starting 26 of them. He recorded 191 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 13 passes broken up in coverage, 4 interceptions, and forced 3 fumbles during his career. Barber was also a big contributor for the Gopher special teams, blocking 3 kicks during his tenure at the school. Scouts will question his hands, but Barber hopes to prove he can pick off passes when the opportunity arises. It remains to be seen if he's fast enough to be a starter in the NFL, but he will make a solid backup and special teams contributor. Barber will likely be drafted between rounds 5 and 7. Dominique Barber turned some heads at practices for the East-West Shrine game. Coaches reported that Barber showed good top end speed and could turn and run with receivers as well as any safety there. If Barber can run a good 40 time at the combine, his coverage instincts could land him in the third or fourth round.

Last Updated Feb-13-2008 by Randall Weida

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