Austin Barber, a teammate of fellow Gators’ recruit, wide receiver Marcus Burke, fills a big need as UF has not landed a true left tackle in some time.

Barber can provide that with continued development at the next level. He possesses ideal size and great length to handle edge rushers on an island, with movement skills that should serve him well as a blocker in space and in one-on-one matchups. That athleticism should serve Barber well as a pulling blocker as well as moving up into the second-level in the run game.

In Florida’s strength and conditioning program, Barber will look to redistribute some weight and get stronger with his lower body. His upper body strength, however, shows up plenty on tape as Barber often throws his blocking responsibility into the dirt.

His pass sets can be a bit reactive and he will want to narrow his original punch to get into the rusher’s chest more effectively, but the foundation is there for Barber to emerge as a sound pass protector. Barber’s athleticism and solid footwork allow him to mirror rushers, while his pad level and anchor at the point of contact have improved from his junior to senior season.

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