Mark Barron Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On April – 9 – 2012

"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Mark Barron"Mark Barron     

Alabama

Ht. 6-1 Wt. 213

 

Pass Coverage:  Mark Barron wasn’t used a lot in man coverage at Alabama.  Primarily a box safety he has the attributes to line up over the TE’s and cover man-to-man.  Barron is a linear athlete that excels with the play in front of him making him an ideal zone-heavy safety.  He was the leader of a very good Alabama defense and has the football IQ to be the QB of the secondary.  He will need to work on his change of direction skills to stay with more athletic TE’s and slot receivers in the NFL.

 

Tackling:  For all intents and purposes, Barron is a strong tackler.  He delivers big hits that are capable of changing possession.  That said, he has a tendency to be overaggressive which causes him to miss some tackles.  Barron will have to remain more disciplined in his tackling technique to be worthy of where he will be drafted.

 

Run Support:  Barron spent most of his time at Alabama in the box.  He excels at the line of scrimmage with the bulk/strength to be an extra linebacker in run support.  He’s as instinctual as any safety in the draft and can be effective getting to the QB.

 

Ball Skills:  Barron has intercepted 12 balls in his career at Alabama.  He’s at his best reading the QB in zone and has good hands for a safety. He’s not Ed Reed but should be an impact player in centerfield.

 

Size/Athleticism:  Barron is an above-average athlete at the position.  He’s a linear guy that is at his best with the play in front of him.  The major question with Barron is if he’s athletic enough to hang with the Jimmy Graham’s of the NFL in man coverage.

 

Bottom Line:  Mark Barron will be the benefactor of a weak safety class.  His double hernia surgery didn’t allow him to compete at the Combine or Senior Bowl but he looked good at his pro day.  Barron carries a similar draft grade as Earl Thomas did in 2009 and probably winds up going in the same range (Thomas went 14th in 2009).  He looks like a starting SS from day one in the NFL with the ability to be the leader of the defense.

 

Draft Projection:  Top 15

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