Quinton Barrow, OT, Grand Valley State | NFL Draft Scouting Report

Quinton Barrow is a small-school prospect hoping a team takes a chance on him during the 2023 NFL Draft. Does he have a scouting report worthy of a selection?

Offensive line play is one of the biggest indicators of success for NFL teams. As such, building from the trenches is a key factor for many teams on draft day. Tackles, in particular, get a lot of love during the draft process. Protecting and owning the edge is a key objective for every NFL team on gameday.

Quinton Barrow is a tackle prospect in this year’s NFL Draft that hopes to hear his name called during one of the seven rounds. Below is everything you need to know about Barrow in his scouting report.

Quinton Barrow NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • School: Grand Valley State
  • Year: Senior

Barrow prepped for college football at Romulus High School, where he played for HC Thom Patterson. He earned two varsity letters in football and tallied all-league and all-area honors his senior year. His team finished 6-4 overall, including a 6-0 mark in league action. His high school résumé led to him having received a significant amount of Division I interest.

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As a true freshman, Barrow redshirted in 2018. In 2019, he was tabbed for All-GLIAC honors. Barrow was named GVSU Offensive Lineman of the Year and earned his first varsity letter. He started all 11 games at left tackle and played a team-high 653 snaps. He was a key figure on an offensive line that helped the Lakers offense average 30.1 points and 401.1 yards per game.

As a redshirt sophomore, Barrow earned the Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-Region honors and was named first-team All-GLIAC. He was again awarded GVSU Offensive Lineman of the Year and earned his second varsity letter. He started in all 12 games at left tackle and again was a key figure on an offensive line that helped the Lakers offense average 411.8 yards per game.

Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report for Quinton Barrow

Strengths: Terrific small-school LT who possesses the size and strength to line up on the strong side at the next level. Quickly sets up off the snap, keeps his feet moving, and effectively gets his hands into defenders. Explosive at the point, stays square, and rides defenders from their angles of attack.

Keeps his head on a swivel and blocks with a nasty attitude. Was an overwhelming force on the small-school level. Blocks with good leverage for a taller lineman, makes proper use of angles, and has a stout build. Strong and jolts defenders with a violent hand punch.

Weaknesses: Could do a better job sinking his butt at the line and overextends into blocks on occasion. Struggles to adjust and gets beaten by inside moves. Heavy-footed and ineffective in motion. Must be more consistent about his hand placement.

Overall: Barrow was a terrific tackle at Grand Valley State and possesses the size, arm length, and strength to play on Sundays. He must improve the details of his game, yet he’s worth a late-round choice and a roster spot for future development.

Quinton Barrow Combine Measurements and Results

  • Height: 6’5 5/8″
  • Weight: 317 pounds
  • Arm: 34 1/8″
  • Hand: 9 1/2″
  • Bench Press: 19 reps
  • 40-Yard Dash: 5.4

Quinton Barrow Current Draft Projection

According to Tony Pauline’s Big Board, Barrow is projected as a sixth-round talent. This does not mean he will necessarily be drafted in the sixth or seventh round. It simply means that is the projection for a player with the draft grade Pauline has given him. The board may fall a certain way that sees him drafted earlier or not drafted at all.

Barrow is ranked as Pauline’s 13th-best available tackle and 238th-ranked overall prospect overall. He earned a Relative Athletic Score of 4.34, which is considered “poor.” His size is about average for the position, but his bench press did not help his case.

At only 19 reps, some scouts may like to see that higher, but functionally, the bench has little bearing on football ability. It is actually more of a test of effort based on how simple it is to improve one’s bench reps. Scouts use it as a litmus test to see who got in the weight room.

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For speed, Quinton Barrow posted a poor 40-yard dash time of 5.4 seconds, but his 10-yard split, which is what is most important, was “great” at 1.78. There was no explosion testing available, but his agility scores were also considered “poor.” Athletically, teams may be concerned about Barrow’s ability to keep up with the level of talent he will face at the next level.

There will no doubt be questions about the level of competition Barrow faced in college. Athletic testing is where small-school prospects can stand out and give coaches the belief there is upside to be developed. Unfortunately for Barrow, he did not fare well in those opportunities.

I have a hard time seeing Barrow get drafted, but perhaps he showed enough technical expertise on film for a coach to think there is meat on the bone.

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