Mark Barron has had a tumultuous for seasons in the NFL, playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the then St. Louis Rams. Barron was a former No. 7 overall draft pick by the Buccaneers in the 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama, but to this point hasn’t lived up to the hype as a professional.
That being said, Mark Barron’s versatility to play as both a strong safety and an undersized linebacker could add some intrigue for teams like the Atlanta Falcons to sign him this offseason. Would Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn be able to get a Kam Chancellor type of player to use in his defensive alignment?
Barron is a durable player and a hard-hitting safety. He’s played in all but two games during his four years in the NFL. Mark Barron will also help in bringing down receivers and running backs in the third level of the defense, as he is a reliable tackler at strong safety.
Is Mark Barron going to command the starting strong safety role of the Atlanta Falcons now that William Moore is no longer under contract? Potentially, but Barron will have to earn his playing time if he signs with the Atlanta Falcons. He’ll be no worse than a good rotational defensive back in Atlanta should he join the Falcons in 2016 free agency. Atlanta could end up getting a steal in a former No. 7 draft pick if Barron can quickly acclimate to the Falcons’ defensive backfield schemes.
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