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Prospect Profiles: Mark Barron


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-2, 218, 4.55


National Football Post:

A tall, long armed and long legged safety who possesses a natural pop to his game when asked to strike ball carriers on contact. Is at his best attacking downhill. Displays pretty good balance and bend when asked to sit into his stance for his size. Stays coordinated clicking and closing on plays and can cleanly drive on the football in front of him. Demonstrates above-average ball skills in man coverage and uses his length well to make plays on the football. However, anytime he’s asked to re-direct and/or turn and run he will struggle with his balance. Is a little tighter in the hips because of size and when forced to turn and run, gets upright and doesn’t reach top end speed quickly. However, did a much better job as a senior keeping his feet under him and collecting himself when asked to go up and make a play on the football. Makes a lot of calls in the secondary and has improved his instincts when feeling routes develop around him as a senior as well.

The same attributes pop up in the run game as well. When he can run the alley and take a beeline toward the ball carrier he drops his pad level well, wraps on contact and consistently brings his man to the ground with a powerful strike. Understands angles well in space and uses the sideline as an extra defender. However, when he’s asked to re-direct or slide his feet laterally in order to bring down a man he has a tendency to overrun the play and/or lose balance causing him to miss on tackles.

Impression: Has the makings of a heck of a special teams player who can also attack downhill vs. the run game, play inside the box and drive on the football in front of him in the pass game. Isn’t going to be a major threat turning and tracking the football, but his improved instincts makes me think he can start in the league early on.

NE Patriots Draft:

Strengths: Elite size, bulk, and upper-body strength – Long arms – Better than average hands for a defender – Puts himself in good position to make plays consistently – Will deliver the blow, incredibly physical – Supports the run very well – Is making steady improvements in his game – Can play in or out of the box – Has improved his reads, specifically with play-action – Trained in an NFL-style defense.

Weaknesses: Not great in man coverage due to a little stiffness, but has gotten better in this area – Doesn’t have elite recovery speed – Tackling is improving, but can still get better.

FF Toolbox:

Barron has a lot of things going for him as he approaches entry into the NFL Draft, and experience is certainly one of them. The safety has been a force at Alabama for four years now. He played in all 14 games as a freshman and made 18 tackles before stepping into a starting role as a sophomore in 2009. Barron has been a staple of an absolutely dominant Crimson Tide defense ever since. He led the SEC with seven interceptions that season then earned First Team All-SEC honors from both the coaches and the Associated Press in 2010. Through eight games of his senior campaign, Barron continues to lead the way–topping the team with 27 solo tackles. He has 40 total tackles (3.5 for loss) in addition to an interception and a fumble recovery.

NFL scouts will love Barron’s size, as he registers at 6’2” and 218 pounds. He has decent speed, too, generally running in the mid-4.5s in the 40-yard dash while being clocked as fast as 4.47 from that distance. Barron is a solid pass defender, but he is best at stepping into the box and playing against the run right behind the line of scrimmage. He is both a hard hitter and a sure tackler. One minor red flag is a torn pectoral muscle that hampered him in the 2010 season finale against Auburn, but Barron is fine now. Barring any setbacks or a surprisingly poor performance at the combine, Barron should be off the board in the first round of the upcoming draft and could be the first safety taken.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Mark Barron is a big, physical safety with plenty of experience. Great size. At his best playing downhill, stopping the run. Put it this way: he’s better with the play in front of him. Decent speed, and that will limit him in coverage. He’s not going to turn and run with those tight ends. But, he’s a dynamite run stopper and plays well in the box. I’m not sure if Barron will be available at 32. Three weeks ago, I’d say it would be impossible. But, now, not so sure. In mock drafts, I’ve been seeing him slip and slip. Perhaps its because of his coverage limitations? Or there might not be a great fit. Either way, it’s very possible Barron is available at 32 when it comes to draft day. He’s a first round talent who has a lot of experience in big games and was well coached down at Alabama. Is he a hit? Yes and no. I think his run stopping skills will allow him to play in the box a lot, something the Giants like out of their safeties. But he isn’t great against coverage; he’s not going to be able to stop Gronk or Jimmy Graham. But he has the potential to be a Troy Polamalu like safety, in that he can make so many plays behind the line of scrimmage. If he’s there at 32, then the Giants would be foolish to pass on him.




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