SALT LAKE CITY — Cody Barton parlayed an impressive senior season and a strong pre-draft process into becoming a draft pick.
The former Ute and Brighton High linebacker was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft on Friday. He was the 88th overall pick and second Utes player headed to Seattle.
“Barton has played inside and outside linebacker spots but will likely lock in as an inside linebacker in odd or even fronts. His speed, strength and short-area-quickness testing were all strong at the combine, which should help push him up. He's an instinctive, tough player with backup and special teams ability,” NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein said of Barton’s future at the pro level.
Barton became a full-time starter during his senior season for Utah and was a force throughout the 2018 season. He led the Utes with 116 tackles, including 68 solo stops, and added 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, seven pass deflections, an interception and a forced fumble en route to earning honorable mention Pac-12 honors.
The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder finished his Utes career with 234 tackles, nine sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass deflections.
Barton went through the draft process with his brother, offensive lineman Jackson Barton. Both were seniors in 2018.
Historical context: Barton is the fourth Utah linebacker to be selected since 2014. He joins Trevor Reilly (2014, seventh round, New York Jets), Nate Orchard (2015, second round, Cleveland Browns) and Pita Taumoepenu (2017, sixth round, San Francisco 49ers).3 comments on this story
Measurables: 4.64-second 40-yard dash, 30 reps on bench press, 32.5-inch vertical jump, 116-inch broad jump, 6.9-second 3-cone drill, 4.03-second short shuttle at the NFL combine
Scouting Barton: "High-cut, quicker than fast linebacker with above-average smoothness to his on-field movements, which especially translate well in coverage. Flashes of good block-shedding but it's not a strength of his game. Could play with more power too. Lacks range but fluidity should allow him to make a roster as a backup linebacker." — CBS Sports