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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 night. Those two safeties probably went that high because of the enhanced profile of the position as well as with their individual skills. "It's definitely a hot position, with people throwing the ball so much," said Smith, whom the Vikings traded up to acquire. Minnesota was a mess last season at safety, using five different starters. Tampa Bay wasn't far behind, giving up 238.4 passing yards a game for 21st in the league. Barron and Smith are both known for their toughness and football smarts, a prerequisite for the safety position. "You not only have to play well, b...
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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 [...]
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...
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.
Alabama Backup QB to TransferA once highly touted recruit who lost the QB competition to AJ McCarron , Phillip Sims is deciding to leave Alabama. In a statement released by the school, Sims was very gracious about changing his path:
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“This was a very difficult decision because I’ve had a great experience at the University of Alabama and I’m thankful for...
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...
This time a year ago, the big question remained: Who would be the quarterback for Alabama in 2011? As it turned out, that would not be resolved until just prior to Bama's opening game of 2011 when AJ McCarron earned the starting job. By the end of the year McCarron was earning the Most Valuable Offensive Player Award as the Crimson Tide won the BCS National Championship.
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.
After losing out on LSU Safety, Brandon Taylor, in round three, the Chiefs found another player from the SEC that could be just as good when they chose Alabama Safety, DeQuan Menzie in round five.
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.
For two days in Columbia, S.C., the struggling Alabama baseball team scratched and clawed and just missed a couple of wins over the fourth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. On the third day, however, it could safely be said that the Crimson Tide had no fight.