9. Anthony Barr
It was a strong outing for Barr, who leading up to the draft night received mixed reviews from NFL executives. Barr was a major contributor in the Vikings’ defensively dominant effort against St. Louis as a run defender, in pass coverage and rushing the quarterback.
First-year Vikings coach Mike Zimmer moved Barr around to put him in positions to succeed. He lined up at linebacker, which led to a strong hit on Rams quarterback Austin Davis and subsequently a Harrison Smith pick. He also served as a defensive end on third-downs and pass-rushing situations.