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Name: Mark Barron (+) Coming off hernia surgery/shoulder injury
College: Alabama     Number: 4
Height: 6-1   Weight: 213
Position: SS  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2012

40 Time: 4.56
      40 Low: 4.46
   40 High: 4.65
Projected Round: 1  Stock:   High: 6-14  Low: Mid-Late 1
Rated number 1 out of 143 SS's     14 / 1971 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6010
Weight: 213
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 
No Combine workout, Medical (Hip)

Dates: 03/07/12
Height: 6010
Weight: 213
40 Yrd Dash: 4.54
20 Yrd Dash: 2.65
10 Yrd Dash: 1.63
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 34 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'02"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

   40 Time Range: 4.54-4.58
 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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 Mark Barron TSX Player News Log
04/30/12 - 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
04/30/12 - A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 1/7 - Mark Barron, S, 6-2, 213, Alabama...Bucs traded down two spots with the Jaguars and picked up a fourth-rounder to select Barron, a football junkie who hits like an anvil and has decent coverage ability. - The Sports Xchange
04/27/12 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (draft-day trade with Jacksonville): SS Mark Barron, Alabama -- Barron is a tough, in-the-box safety but also snagged 12 interceptions in his career with the Crimson Tide and was charged with calling the team's defense. He should shore up the Buccaneers' shaky defense in more ways than one. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
04/27/12 - TEN SURPRISES FROM ROUND ONE: 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers take Mark Barron at No. 7: Tampa Bay made the first real surprising pick of the draft with Barron at No. 7. I'm higher on Barron than most so I don't have a problem with the pick but considering that the Bucs needs at cornerback, it was surprising to see the team look so early another option in the secondary. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/27/12 - Schiano was asked how he felt to emerge from the first day of the draft with a pair of first-round talents. "Blessed, no doubt about it," Schiano said. "I feel like we're in a position where we got two great football players and great men, young men that are going to come in here and have an impact and add energy to this organization. I'm really looking forward to it." Barron will provide help for a Bucs defense that was last against the run in 2011, allowing 156.1 yards per game. If scouts had a knock against Barron, it's that he might be as effective in pass coverage. But he finished his career with 12 interceptions. "If you go back and count how many times I've been scored on in my college career, there probably won't be more than three," Barron said. "I don't feel like that's the case at all." - The Sports Xchange
04/27/12 - Said Barron late Thursday night: "You not only have to play well, but you have to know where everyone should be (lined up). It's a head game, too, right? I think teams take that into consideration and respect it." Once little more than a first-round afterthought, the safety position is gaining a grudging, yet growing, respect. Sure, corners are always going to rate higher on the priority list, and rightly so. But Barron is the sixth safety chosen in the top 10 in the past 10 drafts, the third in the last six. There have now been four top seven safeties in seven seasons. Twice in the past three drafts, three times in the last six, there were two or more safeties tabbed in the first round. There is generally a run on safeties in the second and third rounds, in part because they are safer choices in those spots, and because they play so much on special teams, and that may be the case on Friday night. But the position, despite the contention that it is a modest talent pool this year, is slowly gaining respect. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
04/27/12 - In terms of performance at safety, more so than stability (or lack thereof), Tampa Bay wasn't far behind. And so the choices made pretty good sense. The only catch: Both Smith and Barron are more "in the box," old-fashioned safeties, the kind that has slipped some in vogue around the NFL the past few years, as clubs concentrate on safeties with some cornerback coverage skills. Watch Barron on tape and he struggles a bit in coverage, despite terrific football smarts and awareness for the game. Smith was actually a linebacker for the Fighting Irish early in his career. Granted, Barron finished with a dozen interceptions during a celebrated college career, but seven came in one season, and he notched just five over the past two years. All seven of Smith's career interceptions were in one season, 2010. But even with the concentration on coverage, teams admire physical toughness, and Barron and Smith both bring that. Ditto for football acumen, a prerequisite for the safety position. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
04/26/12 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 10. Mark Barron, SS, Alabama: Instinctive, physical and a significantly more reliable open field tackler than he was earlier in his career, Barron has established himself as the unquestioned top safety of the 2012 draft. He was clocked at an impressive 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his March 29 Pro Day and excelled in positional drills, according to scouts in attendance. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/19/12 - There don't seem to be many players jumping up boards around the league as much as Alabama safety Mark Barron has the past few weeks. Although solidly in the first round all along, Barron was thought to be a prospect more in the 20s,but might go off the board more toward the halfway point of the stanza now. There just aren't that many safety prospects overall -- and Barron certainly is the only one who merits first-round consideration -- and he is gaining momentum. The former Crimson Tide standout seems to have answered all the physical questions, after having undergone hernia surgery earlier in the spring. While he still isn't great against the pass, teams like his toughness, smarts and versatility. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
04/12/12 - A record twenty-six top prospects are confirmed to attend the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the NFL announced today. That includes a record five players from BCS National Champion Alabama: S Mark Barron, LB Dont’a Hightower, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, RB Trent Richardson and LB Courtney Upshaw. Louisiana State will have three players in attendance, while Baylor, South Carolina, Southern California and Stanford will each have two players in New York this year. - NFL Media
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