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<P>UCLA's Anthony Barr a mover and shaker on field</P><P></P><P>UCLA's Anthony Barr a mover and shaker on field, in NFL draft circles</P><P></P><P>Anthony Barr Alex Gallardo / Associated Press</P><P></P><P>UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr runs an obstacle course during the Bruins' pro day in March. Barr's switch from running back to linebacker played a pivotal role in his rise to becoming a top NFL draft prospect.</P><P></P><P>UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr runs an obstacle course during the Bruins' pro day in March. Barr's switch from running back to linebacker played a pivotal role in his rise to becoming a top NFL draft prospect. Times: UCLA Anthony Barr shakes up offenses and is moving up NFL draft boardsSwitch from offense to defense put UCLA Anthony Barr on NFL courseAnthony Barr moved from running back to linebacker while with the Bruins</P><P></P><P>Anthony Barr has joined the jet set crowd.</P><P></P><P>The former UCLA linebacker has been on a whirlwind tour of teams leading up to this week's NFL draft.</P><P></P><P>So it goes when you are an All American projected to be a first round maybe even a top 10 pick.</P><P></P><P>It's a radically different travel plan from the one he was on three years ago, when Barr had a one way ticket to football oblivion.</P><P></P><P>One key change altered the itinerary. Before his junior season for the Bruins in 2012, Barr was moved from offense to defense.</P><P></P><P>UCLA guard Xavier Su'a Filo looms as an X factor in NFL draft Sam Farmer</P><P></P><P>Big (6 4, 307) and agile, Xavier Su'a Filo is one of the top offensive linemen in draft. But pundits have him going anywhere from mid first round to third.</P><P></P><P>Big (6 4, 307) and agile, Xavier Su'a Filo is one of the top offensive linemen in draft. But pundits have him going anywhere from mid first round to third. ( Sam Farmer )</P><P></P><P>The switch was not born of an epiphany. It just felt right to Barr and to Jim Mora, who was just starting his first season as head coach. Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel, who recruited Barr out of Los Angeles Loyola High, also saw it. But he had committed to using Barr on offense.</P><P></P><P>What was immediately clear was Barr was built to be a linebacker long, lean and powerful at 6 feet 5, 230 pounds. And instinctively disruptive.</P><P></P><P>The promise</P><P></P><P>Barr was a blue chip college recruit despite sitting out his senior season at Loyola because of a broken ankle.</P><P></P><P>He was so highly regarded that USC joined the fray even though Barr's family was rich in Notre Dame history. Tony Brooks, Barr's father, played for cheap jerseys the Fighting Irish, as had Reggie Brooks, an uncle.</P><P></P><P>NFLOn eve of NFL draft, USC Marqise Lee is ready to emergeSee all related8</P><P></P><P>Barr has said he "would have had to change my name or something" had he signed with the Trojans.</P><P></P><P>He had plenty of other choices.</P><P></P><P>Barr played safety for Loyola, but running the football is what he enjoyed most. He rushed for 1,890 yards and scored 20 touchdowns as a high school junior.</P><P></P><P>Neuheisel said he felt all along that Barr was a better fit for defense, but landing him as a UCLA recruit was the first order of business.</P><P></P><P>Barr wanted to be a running back and his mother, Lori, shared that vision. Tony Brooks gained 2,274 yards rushing for Notre www.nfljerseys2015.com Dame from 1987 91. Reggie Brooks ran for 1,372 yards in 1992.</P><P></P><P>"Lori said, 'Promise me he will be a running back,'" Neuheisel recalled. "I was all too eager to say, 'Yes.' He had such a Notre Dame lean, I was thrilled I was making headway and might change his mind."</P><P></P><P>Barr had speed, but his size was another big factor on offense in high school. That advantage disappeared in college. Opposing players matched Barr's size and his rigid, straight up running style made him an easy target. Teammate Dietrich Riley demonstrated that during training camp in 2010, flattening Barr with a vicious hit.</P><P></P><P>Barr's career meandered even more when UCLA switched to the Pistol offense and he became the Bruins' "F back," a tight end fullback hybrid.</P>

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