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Mark Barron Scouting Report

Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 213

Strengths:

  • Team Captain
  • Shows good ability in zone coverage
  • Great production
  • Defensive playmaker
  • Great size and bulk
  • Very physical, can deliver the knockout blow
  • Adequate speed

Weaknesses:

  • Stiff hips
  • Struggles in man coverage
  • Inconsistent tackler, tends to go for the big hit too often and misses
  • Torn pectoral muscle at the end of the 2010 season
  • Bites on the play action too much

NFL Comparison: Adrian Wilson

Overall Mark Barron is the clear-cut top safety in this weak safety class. Barron’s best year statistically was undoubtedly his sophomore season but he sustained good production in both his junior and senior years as well. Barron has shown that he is a great in the box strong safety that can also be successful in zone coverage. He’s got decent ball skills, better than your average strong safety, and will come away with the easy interceptions. He does have an injury history with the torn pectoral in 2010 and there are rumors saying he could miss the combine with a double hernia surgery. If that’s the case, he could see his stock drop but those rumors are unconfirmed as of this point in time. Barron fits well as an in the box SS at the next level on a team that won’t ask him to play a whole lot of man coverage. The Jets, Bengals, and Giants are three teams that have a need at safety that could all be good matches for Barron’s skillset.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles Interceptions Passes Defensed
2011 13 66 2 5
2010 12 75 3 6
2009 14 74 7 11
2008 12 16 0 0


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