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One thing Schiano noted regarding Barron that stood out to me; he saw a "physical presence" about him on the football field. That's the ONE thing I've NOT seen on video or heard any talent evaluators say about Kuechly, and no doubt drew the Ruud comparisons on the Red Board. It'll be interesting to see the two young men develop. Kuechly's a Kitty now so we'll see him twice a year for a while...
This is a great article on Barronhttp://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/john-lynch-sees-some-of-himself-in-tampa-bay-bucs-draft-pick-mark-barron/1227167
"The instincts, the big-play ability, the toughness, the athletic ability -- he's a game-changer," one NFC executive said. "And he's the type of person that makes the guys around him better. Plus, he makes a lot of plays on his own. With some of these kids, you have to go through three or four games to see them make five plays. This guy makes five plays in one quarter. He can do anything you want him to."Barron is considered the only truly elite prospect in this crop of safeties. Notre Dame's Harrison Smith might sneak in the end of the first round, but that's a result of the fact that there's another steep drop-off after him. One exec said his club has a mid-second-round grade on Smith and added he's "not a difference-maker." Another exec said his team views the former Irish captain as a late-second-round or third-round prospect.
- but game changing S is almost an oxymoron. You can't name many (I'm thinking you might go as as high as 2 in the NFL now - Polomalu and Reed)
really, how many game changing corners are in the NFL now?
Regardless of what his position coach thinks any expert will tell you Claiborne has a better chance of being elite then barron. Barron went so early because it was a huge drop off after him.
Chancellor was used as a nickel LB last year, so maybe they do that with Barron?
In the right defense I would say safeties can be as important as CB's, especially the elite ones, not to compare to the Tampa 2 directly but one of the main aspects of that defense was taking the best players and putting them in the middle of the field, Barber, Brooks, etc.
I like Barron well enough, but I'm not sure he'll ever be a "game-changer". Polamalu, Reed, and Berry are the only "game-changing" Safety's in the league right now, and Barron's not on their level as a player. Good, solid NFL player though. But I still think picking him @ 7 was a reach. Hope he turns into that game-changer over time.