The Green Bay Packers are undefeated through their first 4 games of the NFL season, but one weakness still seems to be rearing its ugly head: the defensive line.
While Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine lacks all potential interest in stopping the run, I’m not sure he has the horses, specifically in the trenches, to get the job done. Run defense is not the only aspect the defensive line lacks outside of stud Defensive Tackle Kenny Clark; penetrating pass rush productivity remains an issue as well for the Packers.
Insert University of Alabama stud defensive tackle Christian Barmore. Barmore is a quick and powerful interior defender who specializes in getting penetration in the backfield. He would be a perfect running mate for Kenny Clark, not to mention how much he would help second-level defenders behind him as well.
At 6’5″ – 310 lbs, Barmore has the prototypical size you look for in a 3-4 defensive end to effectively play against the run and pass.
Barmore was a reserve player for the Crimson Tide last year, so his production doesn’t necessarily jump off the page at you, but he had some very bright flashes that have most analysts believing he is a first round talent heading into the 2020 season. Watch him go to work on the Texas A&M offensive line here.
While the highlights with Barmore are certainly – well – high, I would like to see him play with more consistency and better pad level from down to down as he has a tendency to play much more upright than you would like from a player warranting such a high selection in the draft.
Barmore is currently overcoming a minor knee injury that kept him out of the Alabama opener at Missouri, but all signs are trending upward. Head Coach Nick Saban was optimistic about Barmore getting back on the field, saying Barmore is “good” and “he will play more and more as we go”.
As the 2020 College Football season kicks off in the SEC, Alabama will naturally spend a lot of time on your television, I highly recommend you keep your eyes out for big #58 in the middle of that Crimson Tide Defensive Line. Coming from a program that puts out star defensive linemen seemingly every year, Christian Barmore is up next.