When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked Mark Barron from Alabama in the first round with the seventh overall pick, we knew that he was going to be the future of the organization. Barron had great years while playing at Alabama, winning the national championship twice and becoming a two-time first-team All-American. In his three starting seasons, he averaged about 72 tackles per season with 12 interceptions. Barron was a clear choice for the Buccaneers in the 2012 NFL Draft.
When Barron’s rookie season began he quickly looked to make his name known all around the league as a terrifying, hard-hitting safety. After a few of Barron’s hits, I was wondering how could that player possibly get back up; some of Barron’s hits will make you cringe in your seat. Barron is very quick and he has a great awareness of the field. He also can destroy anything in the backfield with many of the blitzes he’s assigned to. Yes, Mark Barron is a very hard hitter, but he also has a good coverage sensibility as he had 10 pass deflections last season.
The Buccaneers’ pass defense was terrible last season ranking last in the league, but it has improved greatly over the offseason with the new additions of rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks and Pro Bowl defensive backs Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson. Barron will be able to learn from Goldson’s work ethic which will improve his game. With the great new additions to the Buccaneers secondary, Barron will be able to play up to his full potential which will surely improve the Buccaneers’ chances of winning.