Graham Barton (OT) – Duke / Senior
6’5”, 315 Lbs. (Unofficial)
2022 Stats: 13 Games. “held a Pro Football Focus grade of 88.2, which ranked fifth nationally among offensive tackles and was the only Power 5 tackle to earn 85.0 grades as both a pass blocker and a run blocker … on the field for 916 snaps.”
Awards: First Team All-ACC (2022)
Measurables: (Available post-combine/pro day)
RAS: (Available post-combine/pro day)
Games Watched: 2023 vs Clemson, 2022 vs Georgia Tech, 2022 vs Boston College
Despite being draft eligible last season, Graham Barton returned to Duke as he “wanted to come back for the people. I wanted to finish school, find more consistency in my game and improve on some things.” (PFF Interview) Barton was already a pro-ready prospect, as the only Power five tackle with both 85+ run and pass grades. As a pass protector, Barton is quick off the snap and gets depth on his dropstep. He mirrors rushers well and has smooth feet and a natural feel for balance. Once his hands are on the defender, Barton can completely lock them up. His powerful grip is combined with a determined demeanor. He finishes plays and has a strong anchor. Barton starts at Left Tackle, but has the versatility to move anywhere along the line. He’ll be extremely experienced by the time he’s drafted, and has the blocking savvy and IQ to show for it. Barton’s effort pops out on tape and will catch the eye of many NFL scouts.
Unfortunately out of his control, Graham Barton’s key flaw is his length. Official measurables aren’t released yet, but he’ll be on the fringe for Tackle arm length. Barton weighs in around 310 lbs, which is light for a tackle. Many teams will see him as an interior lineman and move him to either Guard or Center. He can whiff on some second level blocks. When in contact, Barton can strike too wide in run blocking. On run plays, he’s inconsistent in blocking inside attacks.
Graham Barton has put out well rounded, consistent film for two seasons now. His technical pass blocking gives him a safe floor, and his run blocking is not too far behind. I’m already looking forward to seeing Barton at the Senior Bowl, where he can fully display his phone booth blocking. Whether he’ll play Tackle or inside is yet to be decided, but Barton is a safe OLine pick that will fit most team’s scheme. If he continues on his trajectory, Barton will hear his name called on day one.
Completed by: Mr. Irrelevant (@Mr1rrelevant), 10/05/23
Reviewed and edited: J. Clark, 10/05/23