Mark Barron Scouting Report
Mark Barron
Mark Barron - Alabama (HT: 6-2 - WT: 210)
Combine 40: N/A - Position Rank: 2 of 5

Positives: Very good size for the position, adequate speed... Excellent production in 2009 and 2010 (149 tackles, 10 interceptions, forced fumble, 2.5 sacks)... Is a very physical safety, especially good run stopper with good pop when tackling... Does a good job reading quarterbacks' eyes, especially effective underneath when he can mirror receivers and keeps plays in front of him... Durability not a huge issue, has not missed substantial time due to injury, played with torn pectoral muscle in 2010 before missing bowl game following surgery... Looks like a smart player, understands multiple roles and generally keeps to his assignments, knows where to be on almost every play... Shows good hand pop when in press coverage on slot receivers, jams well at the line, although probably won't be playing on the line much in the NFL... Ball skills are slightly above average, at his best when he locates the ball early in deep zone coverage, interception totals evidence of ability to get to the ball in the air... Tough and durable, physicality will make him a valuable contributor in the NFL.

Negatives: Has stiffness in hips and lack of fluidity in deep coverage, may project best as a strong safety in the NFL... Coverage skills are average at best, does not have elite range in zone coverage, not fluid enough to run with a lot of slot receivers in the NFL... Change-of-direction ability is questionable, does not have the quickest feet, can play high at times... Will bite on play action at times when playing in the box, definitely a run-first defender, may be relegated to two-down run stopping early in career... Can be too aggressive at times, tends to take bad angles when flying around the field, will miss tackles in the open field... Lacks elite explosiveness, lack of quickness may be the biggest factor, needs to work on changing directions with more leverage and fluidity... In March, 2011, arrested on a misdemeanor charge of second-degree hindering prosecution.

  165 105 60 8 4 1 10 0 1
2008 Alabama   16 9 7 0 0 0 0
2009 Alabama   74 42 32 ½ 0 7 0 1
2010 Alabama   75 54 21 3 2 1 3 0 0

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