Scouting Report
Prospect:  Mark Barron






         
School:           Alabama
Ht:  6'1"       Wt:  213
Eligibility:       Sr
Uniform:       #4

Position #1:       SS
Position Rank:      1
Overall Rank:       20

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Report Prepared: February 12, 2012

Overall Mark Barron is the clear-cut top safety in this weak safety class. Barron's best year statistically was undoubtedly his sophomore season but he sustained good production in both his junior and senior years as well. Barron has shown that he is a great in the box strong safety that can also be successful in zone coverage. He's got decent ball skills, better than your average strong safety, and will come away with the easy interceptions. He does have an injury history with the torn pectoral in 2010 and there are rumors saying he could miss the combine with a knee injury. If that's the case, he could see his stock drop but those rumors are unconfirmed as of this point in time. Barron fits well as an in the box SS at the next level on a team that won't ask him to play a whole lot of man coverage. The Jets, Bengals, and Giants are three teams that have a need at safety that could all be good matches for Barron's skill set.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Adrian Wilson

Strengths
- Team Captain
- Shows good ability in zone coverage
- Great production
- Defensive playmaker
- Great size and bulk
- Very physical, can deliver the knockout blow
- Adequate speed


Weaknesses
- Stiff hips
- Struggles in man coverage
- Inconsistent tackler, tends to go for the big hit too often and misses
- Torn pectoral muscle at the end of the 2010 season
- Bites on the play action too much




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