Scouting Report written by: Will Spencer
Mark Barron is a unique talent and an ideal strong safety in the NFL. When you watch him on tape, his abilities in run support stand out but what I like most is his level of experience and consistency. Barron was a three year starter at Alabama, who has consistently been one of the top defenses in the nation. Slow timed speed and stiff hips will keep him from playing free safety for many teams. He has had some injuries but nothing appears to be too severe or chronic. Barron should be a day one starter and an instant upgrade to a team’s secondary as well as providing help to the team’s run defense.
Does a nice job of timing his jumps to break up or intercept passes. Appears to have soft hands but will break up more passes than he intercepts. Shows good body control and balance while going for the ball. Solid in zone coverage. Does a nice job reading the quarterback’s eyes and anticipating routes. At his best when the play is in front of him, allowing him to diagnose and react. Good instincts in zone coverage. Very active and flies around the field. Physical player that loves contact and will go for the big hit. Excellent playing in the box, especially in run support. Unafraid of taking on running backs and other ball carriers. Effective blitzer.
Wasn’t asked to cover man-to-man much in Alabama’s defense but when he did, it was a bit of a concern. Slow timed speed and stiff hips makes it hard for him to match up against quicker receivers. Can get high in his back pedal and has trouble flipping his hips and running with receivers. Will occasionally take poor angles when going sideline to sideline. Doesn’t have ideal range. Has had some problems breaking down for tackles in the open field and will also miss tackles when going for a big hit. Timed speed isn’t ideal and appears to have stiff hips
Was arrested on misdemeanor charges in March of 2011. Missed the Capital One Bowl in 2011 after tearing a pectoral muscle. Had surgery in early 2012 to repair a sports hernia.