By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
After the recent 2020 NFL draft was completed UCLA’s Krys Barnes was one of many who was not selected. There might have been a little disappointment but soon afterwards he signed with the Green Bay Packers as an un-drafted free agent.
The former Liberty high (Bakersfield) standout will be trying to make the roster of an historic franchise. He has the heart, hustle and ability to do it. He will have some familiar faces around him such as former Bruin DL Kenny Clark and Jordan Love QB who is another Liberty high star who was a first round pick of the Packers.
“Blessed to have the opportunity to prove I belong in the NFL,” Barnes said on twitter.
“As you sit and watch the draft you hope your name is called. When it’s not or you get drafted late many use that for motivation. “You do have a chip on your shoulder,” Barnes told NBC23. “It makes you want to show all the other 31 teams what they missed on.”
He had a solid career while at UCLA, his senior year. The 6’2” 229 pounder played in 11 game having double digit tackles in all but three of them. He led the team with seven pass deflections. He also finished with 10 tackles for loss. He averaged just under 8 tackles a game. He received the Kenneth Washington Most Outstanding Senior Award.
Barnes had been looked at by several other team like the Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, and Houston Texans. They each contacted him after the draft.
He appears to have his mind set for the future. “I’m doing everything I can to prepare so when I get there I am ready to roll.”