Recently the draft buzz on Alabama SS Mark Barron has been really building. I don’t really get it. He is the best Safety in a weak class, but there simply isn’t anything special about Mark. I don’t think taking him in the 20-30 range is bad, but there is now talk that Barron could go to Seattle at 12 or Dallas at 14. Some reports say that Dallas really loves him.
Barron would fill a major need for Dallas. They signed Brodney Pool to handle the SS spot, but he’s far from a sure thing. He started 18 games over the last 2 years for the Jets, but they let him go and went looking for an upgrade of their own. Dallas hasn’t had a flat out good Safety in a while.
Part of that is because they haven’t invested much at Safety in a long time. In the last 9 draft classes, the highest pick is 5th rounder Pat Watkins from 2006. For those who want to know why the Eagles aren’t all over Barron, compare that to what the Eagles have added in recent years. The team spent 2nd round picks on Nate Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett. They had tried mid-round picks on Macho Harris and Quintin Demps. The team hit on a late round pick when they took Kurt Coleman. Even his critics have to admit that Coleman is a good #3 Safety at the least.
Barron would be a more talented prospect than Nate Allen or Jarrett. The difference would not be significant. Go back and read the pre-draft reports. There was talk of Allen sneaking into the late 1st round. Greg Cosell called Jarrett his favorite Safety last year and said he was the most physical Safety in the draft. Barron could become a star in the NFL or he could run into problems just like Allen and Jarrett.
I do hope Barron goes before the Eagles. That will help drive another player down to pick 15. I don’t fully buy the Seattle talk. That reeks of a smokescreen, but never say never with Pete Carroll and defensive prospects. Dallas makes a lot of sense and if that kept them from taking a DL, I’d be just fine with that.
I’ve mentioned this a few times recently, but one reason I have so little interest in Barron is that there is a player I’d love the Eagles to target next year if we do need a Safety. LSU star Tyrann Mathieu, aka the Honey Badger, is a big time playmaker and I think he could be a star DB in the NFL. He is the kind of Safety target that I would get genuinely excited about. He is a special player. Barron is good, but there’s nothing special about him. Honey Badger is the college version of Ed Reed and at times seems like a human highlight reel. Check out his 2011 stats:
2 Fumbles run back for TDs
2 Punts returned for TDs
9 Pass breakups
After 2 seasons at LSU he’s got 16 TFLs (6 sacks). He can cover, play the run, and blitz. Fun, fun kid to watch.
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Derek Landri talked to the Bucs. I don’t know what the heck to make of this. Can I cheer for him as a Buc? I understand Landri may not be able to return. All I ask is that he go somewhere I can enjoy him. Tampa? Not really a team I’d want him on. Go to the AFC. Or re-sign and bring joy to my life.
Trevor Laws went and talked to the Rams. He would be a good addition for them. I don’t really care where he goes. I wish him well. Just didn’t work in Philly.
One of the 2 guys could still return. Cost is the key.