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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Alabama safety Mark Barron with the seventh pick of the NFL draft.
Barron will be plugged into a defense that was among the worst in the NFL a year ago, when the Bucs went 4-12 and allowed a franchise-record 30.9 points per game.
Tampa Bay began the night with the fifth pick. But after Cleveland moved up one spot to No. 3 to ensure they'd get Alabama running back Trent Richardson, the Bucs traded down to No. 7 in a deal that also landed a fourth-round pick from Jacksonville.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne also was high of the Bucs' wish list. However, Dallas pulled off a deal with St. Louis to move up eight spots to No. 6 to take the former LSU star.
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Mark Barron/S/Alabama Often plays so close to the line that you could basically call him a LB, and for good reason. A real impact player in run defense. Flys to the ball carrier and hits with good power. Sure tackler, very rarely did I see him in position to make the play and then [...]
With the passing game in vogue in the NFL, there is a premium on finding a good safety -- but only if he is the right fit. Mark Barron of Alabama (Tampa Bay, No. 7 overall) and Notre Dame's Harrison Smith (Minnesota, 29th) proved there was quality available at that position. In fact, there was just one more first-round cornerback -- three -- than there were safeties on Thursday...
Mark Barron was rated a five-star linebacker, from St. Paul's in Mobile, Ala., in the class of 2008. He was another member of the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Barron is in New York City with several Tide teammates who are expected to go very high in the NFL Draft Thursday night. He also left Alabama with two national championship rings.
Former Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano selects Safety Mark Barron out of Alabama with his inaugural pick. At 6′ 2″ and 215 pounds, Barron has prototypical size and is likely the best safety in this draft.
In his college career, Barron ahas amassed 237 tackles (149 solo), 13 for loss, 5 sacks and 12 interceptions for 145 yards. He has good speed and hits hard. He is...
NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas ranks the 169 safeties — the 100 strong safeties, led by Alabama's Mark Barron, and the 69 free safeties, led by Harrison Smith. The Vikings will have interest in many of these options.
Throughout the “mock draft” season, I was hoping and pushing for Tampa Bay to select a running back with their first round pick. After Cleveland picked up Trent Richardson at number three, I knew that Tampa Bay would most likely pick a defensive player.
Though most analysts thought that Tampa Bay should have picked Morris Claiborne, I felt that with the team resigning Ronde...
The Detroit Lions would like to trade up from their No. 23 spot in the first round of the Draft to land safety Mark Barron, according to Michigan Live.
The Lions are set at free safety with Louis Delmas, but need an upgrade in the strong spot, as neither Amari Spievey nor aging vet Erik Coleman are impact starters, and former Alabama standout Barron has Pro Bowl potential.
According to a report from Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 sports radio in Buffalo, there is another player that Bills fans can add to the list of potential players to be drafted with the #10 pick at the NFL draft tomorrow night. The Bills have reportedly shown great interest in Mark Barron, the stud safety from Alabama
In this draft, the Bills have A LOT of options at number 10. Some...
Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com lists five players the Cowboys might take with the 14th pick in tonight’s draft: Alabama strong safety Mark Barron; Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox; LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers; Stanford guard David DeCastro; Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.
Which would you most like to see the Cowboys draft?
Note: There is...