Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Mark Barron, the prospect out of Alabama, suffered a double sports hernia and will be out until late July/August (Joe Everett). He was projected to be drafted in the mid to late first round, but with this latest injury he will start to slip down the draft. With this injury likely to keep him out till August, he won’t be able to take part in offseason training camps and he will likely miss part of the preseason. He will keep slipping and slipping down that draft.
With our need at safety, should we take a chance on him if he is available in the second round? He would be a first round talent and could compete for a starting job by the middle of the season. We are in huge need for a strong safety and Barron was projected to be the top rated safety going into the draft.
Last season’s starting strong safety going into the season was Bob Sanders and he fell apart in the early part of the season. Then Steve Gregory took over the starting position, but he is a free agent now and we want a little more production out of the position. Darrell Stuckey will compete for some playing time also.
Here is his scouting report off of Pro Football Weekly:
A big, smart, competitive, hardworking playmaker at a premier program, Barron looks the part — rangy, long-levered, athletic build and a linebacker-sized frame capable of carrying increased bulk — and possesses starter-caliber instincts and tackling ability. Is a strong box defender while having length, range and hands to play on the back end. Lacks elite fluidity and man-cover skills but shoulders a lot of responsibility in Alabama’s scheme, plays fast and is an ascending football player with a professional makeup who could start as a rookie.
I would love to get him on the roster, but we would have to be patient. We couldn’t expect a lot out of him next season and would still have to find someone to start next season. It might be more beneficial for us to go after someone that can contribute immediately. Harrison Smith out of Notre Dame may be a good possibility in the second round.
Would you take a chance on Mark Barron?