Mark Barron Draft prospect analysis
Looking at some mock drafts on the web and a lot of pundits have us taking Barron. I'm not sold on him as a 1st round selection because of the score they have him at for cover skills, which happens to be our weakness at the Saftey position this year.
What do you guys think?
Production 1 "2008: (14/0) 18 tackles (1.5 sacks). 2009: (14/14) 74 tackles (3.5 TFL, .5 sack, 7 INT, 11 PBU. 2010: (12/12) 75 tackles (2 sacks), 3 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF. "
Height-Weight-Speed 3Has prototypical SS build with adequate-at-best top-end speed.
Durability 4 "Suffered a torn pectoral muscle versus Auburn in 2010, which caused him to sit out the bowl game versus Michigan State. "
Intangibles 3 "Alabama senior safety Mark Barron was arrested in March, 2011 in Mobile, AL for second degree hindering prosecution. Police were called to the scene of a single-car accident at 5 a.m., when an officer found an abandoned Chrysler 300, which belonged to Barron. Barron was the lone person at the scene. He did not drive the car and was not injured. Barron was released within an hour of his arrest after posting a $500 bond. "
1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal
Safety Specific Traits
More decisive in early-season tape we studied than he was late in the season. But overall recognition skills are good. Another coach-on-the-field type. Diagnoses routes quickly in coverage.
Cover Skills 3 Consistently gets an early break on the ball. Very effective reading QBs' eyes in zone and reading routes in man-to-man. Has better short-area closing burst (especially when coming forward) than he does top-end speed. Struggles to recover if he gets out of position. Shows stiffness in hips and is a liability when asked to turn and run versus slot WR's (see :55 remaining in 2nd QTR vs. FLA 2010). Seemed to lose confidence late in the season and was more tentative in game tape versus Auburn 2010.
Ball Skills 2
Knows when to play the ball and when to play the body. Has good instincts and takes quality angles to the ball. Hands are good for the position. Production matches what we see on tape (10 INTs in 2009-'10).
Run Support 2
Plays under control. Diagnoses run quickly and fills hard in support. Shows adequate pop at the point of attack. Overall tackling skills are good but not great. The more space he's in the less effective he becomes in run support. Top-end speed is decent at best.