San Diego State’s Alex Barrett has been a force in the Mountain West the first day he stepped on campus and has had a very productive career which includes 40 career tackles for loss and 19 career sacks. He also earned first-team all-Mountain West honors twice.
Prior to choosing the Aztecs he had offers from Montana, Fresno State, Arizona State, New Mexico, Army, Air Force and others. He was tabbed to the all-Arizona Super 25 his senior campaign and also was rated the 32nd-best recruit in the state of Arizona by ESPNU. In high school, Barrett also lettered in track, finishing second in the state in the shot put. He was also Desert Ridge's MVP in track on two occasions.
Positional ranking: 42 out of 192
Overall ranking: 518
Height/ Weight: 6’3” / 255 LBS
Strengths: Barrett is a physical defender who Rocky Long called the best defensive tackle in the Mountain West in 2014, and Long was probably right.
In Barrett’s three years as a starter we had a monster stat line that included 154 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 16 sacks. He is a versatile player who could play both defensive end and tackle, and he excelled at both of those positions. His biggest strength is arguably when he is able to just rush the passer.
Weaknesses: The NFL considers him undersized at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds at either a defensive end or defensive tackles spot. With that lack of size he needs to use his athleticism to catch the eye from NFL coaches, scouts and evaporators.
His undersized frame can be used as an advantage by playing on the edge and use his speed burst to get past a tackle or tight end. Barrett flies under the radar, and this is both a strength and a weakness as his performance is often understated and under recognized.
The bottom line: Barrett's size, or lack thereof, wasn't an issue at SDSU and if he keeps up his worth ethic that might not be an issue in the NFL and teams watch him in live action at the next level.
Projected round: Likely an undrafted free agent