Draft Scout Snapshot: The last time Greg Schiano was in the NFL as a defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears in 1998, he wasn't allowed entry into the war room. That obviously wasn't the case as the first-year head coach of the Buccaneers and his handprint were all over the players the team selected in the NFL draft. Schiano obviously looked for common traits: tough-minded team captains, highly productive players from mostly winning programs and guys who love football so much, you have to kick them out of the facility. The Bucs went into the draft with many needs, especially on a defense that allowed a franchise-record 494 points last season, ranked last against the run and allowed 30 touchdown passes. It was no surprise four of the Bucs' first five picks were defensive players, starting with Alabama safety Mark Barron. The Bucs moved down two spots with the Jaguars to take Barron at No. 7 overall, picking up a fourth-round choice in the process. That extra pick became the currency that the Bucs used to trade back up into the first round to take Boise St. running back Doug Martin 31st overall. BEST PICK: Safety Mark Barron: May be one of the most solid players in the NFL draft. He's a two-time captain of the two-time national champion Crimson Tide. He is a physical, no-nonsense film junkie who will provide toughness to a defense that was 32nd against the run and allowed 30 touchdown passes. - The Sports Xchange
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12/31/15 - S Mark Barron, who did not practice Wednesday because of a concussion, was limited on Thursday. Head coach Jeff Fisher said he expected Barron to be cleared in the concussion protocol Friday.
12/30/15 - LB Mark Barron, DT Nick Fairley and DE Ethan Westbrooks all remain in the concussion protocol. Westbrooks was limited Wednesday, while Barron and Fairley did not practice. Head coach Jeff Fisher said, "They're all getting better. They're all passing their tests. Overall, I would think that the concussion issues we had should be behind us before the week is over."
12/28/15 - LB/S Mark Barron, DE Ethan Westbrooks and DT Nick Fairley all left Sunday's game and are in the NFL concussion protocol, but felt much better Monday, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
12/27/15 - S Mark Barron was one of three St. Louis defenders to come out of the game with a concussion.
11/03/15 - LB Mark Barron had his second consecutive game playing every snap, with 67 against the 49ers. He was the team's leading tackler again with 11, 10 of which were solo. Barron also had five snaps on special teams
11/01/15 - LB Mark Barron led the team in tackles for the second consecutive week with nine, adding a pass defensed. Moved from strong safety after Alec Ogletree went down with an injury, Barron is light for a linebacker at 213 pounds but has the quickness to penetrate the backfield and make plays.
10/27/15 - S/LB Mark Barron will likely be a strong candidate for NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Tape review by the coaches credited him with 19 tackles (16 solo), two for loss, as well as two forced fumbles and one quarterback hit. Barron has been playing mostly as a linebacker since Alec Ogletree was injured in Week 4 against Arizona. His percentage of snaps for the first four games was 27, 33, 46 and 70 (the game Ogletree was injured) to 81 and 100 the last two. He played all 75 snaps against the Browns and even added five on special teams.
10/25/15 - SS Mark Barron, who got the call at outside linebacker with Alec Ogletree on the shelf, was a tackling machine Sunday. Barron finished with a game-high 16 stops and also contributed a pair of quarterback hurries.
10/05/15 - S Mark Barron could see more playing time with LB Alec Ogletree having suffered a fractured ankle. Barron has been playing a significant of time in sub-packages, and head coach Jeff Fisher said, "We'll continue to do those things. We may entertain the possibility of using Mark on some earlier downs."
08/10/15 - S Mark Barron is getting closer to being available full-time in practice. A knee injury had Barron limited at the start of training camp, but got some snaps in 11-on-11 work last Thursday (Aug. 6).