Fair play to Mark Dominik who recoup the fourth round pick he lost in last year’s Luke Stocker deal and thenc select the player the Bucs coveted all along (according Adam Schefter), Mark Barron. The Cowboys swooped in the pick before them, sending picks to the Rams in exchange for Morris Claiborne at six. The Bucs didn’t mind and pick the intelligent safety from Bama.
At least that what they’ll want us to think. But it didn’t look good when the clock almost ran out. We’ll have more soon…
We’ll never know. At any rate here’s what we wrote on Barron:
1.) Mark Barron (SS), Alabama, SR.
Mark Barron is the lone safety that I would give a first round grade to in this draft. Even with a surgery to repair a double hernia, and at just 80-90% at his pro day, Barron still looked the part of a first rounder. The most attractive aspect of the Tide safety is actually not his athleticism or play, it’s his football IQ. Barron was the de facto quarterback of the best defense in the country last season. He made the adjustments and lead the unit, all the way to a national title as a matter of fact. Nick Saban is renowned for his ability to coach defenses, specifically defensive backs. Barron, along with Dre Kirkpatrick, are just two more in a long line of Saban first round DB’s. Barron likely would have jumped into the draft last year if not for a pectoral injury. On the field, he is a ball hawk, though he’s more of a zone player where his instincts and intelligence put him in consistently good position to make plays on the football. He is a little stiff in man coverage, but aside from that his only other flaw is his over-aggressiveness (he tends of over-pursue). That can all be reined in though, Barron will likely become a very good NFL safety.