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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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).
11/10/14 - S Mark Barron played on defense more than expected after rookie Lamarcus Joyner left the game after suffering a groin injury in the first quarter. Joyner was on the field for just five plays.
Barron played 33 snaps, and made his presence felt, especially on blitzes. He earned a sack on the play where he grabbed the jersey of Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer. Trying to twist away, Palmer took a bad step and ended up suffering a torn ACL on the play.
Said coach Jeff Fisher, "We played a little bit more than we anticipated with Mark. Now Mark's packages will continue to increase. You can see what he does. He's a good football player, and he will make some big plays for us."
Barron said, "I knew I would be playing some, I wasn't sure how much. I got a little bit more than I thought I would. You put me out there, I'm gonna go out there and play ball. I've just gotta get more acclimated with the system. Hopefully things will keep progressing."
He was used in a variety of spots. Starting safeties T.J. McDonald and Rodney McLeod each played all 66 snaps, while cornerbacks E.J. Gaines, Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson played 64, 48 and 32, respectively. Rookie cornerback Marcus Roberson was inactive because of an ankle injury suffered the previous week against San Francisco.
After coaches film review, in addition to the sack, Barron was credited with six tackles, two quarterback pressures and one quarterback hit.
11/03/14 - S Mark Barron, acquired in a trade from Tampa Bay last week, was active, but did not play on defense. However, he did have seven snaps on special teams and had one tackle. Coach Jeff Fisher said, "I went to Mark before the game as we were trying to sort out the inactives. The way it went, I talked to Mark about playing some special teams and I think he told someone he hadn't played special teams since peewee football. He did a really nice job on our kickoff return and kickoff coverage. We're going to work, like we said, to see if we can get him into some packages on defense to get him on the field."
10/28/14 - CB Mark Barron was traded by the Buccaneers to the Rams Tuesday (Oct. 28) for fourth- and sixth-round picks in the 2015 draft. Barron, a third-year pro, has started and played in 37 games since joining the Buccaneers as the seventh overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. This season, he's started all seven games and collected 49 tackles, tallied three passes defensed and recovered a fumble. His career totals include 225 tackles, 19 passes defensed and three interceptions. Since coming into the NFL in 2012, Barron is tied for fourth among safeties in tackles for loss (8), tied for eighth among players at his position in passes defensed and tied for eighth in total tackles among safeties.
10/01/14 - S Mark Barron has an abdominal strain and was limited in practice Wednesday.