Alabama senior strong safety Mark Barron enters the 2012 NFL Draft as the highest ranked prospect at either safety position for most owners.
Barron racked up 169 stops and started 26 games for the Crimson Tide in his career.
Hard-hitting ball hawk
- Elite read-and-react skills
- Generally plays with controlled aggression
- Pedigree of a Nick Saban defense in the SEC
- Ball-hawking abilities (12 INTs in last three years)
- Instinctual, especially in zone coverage
- Sound tackler, hard hitter
- In-the-box safety - strong in run support
- Heady player that understands multiple roles on defense
- Extremely dedicated - hard worker and relentless in his pursuit of greatness
- Fantastic size (6-foot-1, 213 pounds)
- Injury concerns - torn pectoral muscle in 2010, double hernia surgery in 2012
- Can become undisciplined as a tackler - looks for the big hit too often; needs to wrap up more consistently
- Arrested in 2011 on misdemeanor charge of hindering prosecution after police felt he wasn't being forthright regarding a one-car traffic accident
- Lacks fluidity in his hips when in his backpedal - much better in zone coverage than man-to-man defense
Expected draft placement
Barron has first-round talent, but it may be difficult finding a team willing to pay for his services, especially if he cannot participate in drills before the draft.
The Detroit Lions (No. 23), New York Jets (No. 16) and Dallas Cowboys (No. 14) all need a starting-caliber player at the position, but it seems unlikely the latter two teams will reach for Barron in the first round. Perhaps one of these three franchises will trade into the top of the second round for him.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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