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April 26, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
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Buccaneers Trade Down To Take SS Barron At No. 7

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The Buccaneers surprised many with the selection of Alabama safety Mark Barron with the seventh-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Buccaneers used the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft to select Alabama strong safety Mark Barron. Tampa Bay traded down, swapping its fifth-round pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars who were holding the No. 7 pick. The Buccaneers picked up the Jaguars fourth-round selection in this year’s draft, replacing the fourth-round pick given up last season in order to move up to select tight end Luke Stocker.

Barron burst onto the scene as a sophomore with seven interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown. At 6-foot-1, 213 pounds, he has ideal size to stuff the run in the box and cover receivers and tight ends down the seam.

Simply put, Barron is the premier safety in a very weak safety draft class because of his ability to play against the run and the pass.

The hard-hitting Barron, a two-time team captain and a two-time national champion, underwhelmed a bit as a senior, but finished his Crimson Tide career with 235 tackles, 22 pass breakups, 13 tackles for loss, 12 interceptions, five sacks and one forced fumble. Barron has the makings of a future Pro Bowler.

The Mobile, Ala. native helped the Alabama defense lead the nation in run defense (72.15 yards per game), pass defense (111.46 yards per game), total defense (183.62 avg.) and scoring defense (8.15 points per game). The Crimson Tide was only one of 119 major colleges that held opponents to under 80 yards per game on the ground; and the only one to allow under 130 yards passing; and the only defense that allowed less than 260 total yards per game.

Tampa Bay’s 2011 defense was one of the worst in franchise history, allowing 494 points, which was the most-ever by a Buccaneers team. The Bucs allowed over 150 yards on the ground and the tackling on defense was extremely poor last year, especially during the team’s 10-game losing streak.

With the unexpected release of veteran Tanard Jackson two weeks ago, the Buccaneers’ depth at safety took a huge hit. Barron fills a need and adds some real size to the safety position, where Cody Grimm was the tallest – generously listed as 6-foot-1.

The depth at safety was so bad that the Bucs had to consider moving 16-year cornerback Ronde Barber to safety. Tampa Bay now has up to six safeties on its 2012 roster in Barron, Grimm, Ahmad Black, Larry Asante, Devin Holland and possibly Barber.



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    An amazing set of posts. But there is still too much whining and not enough elation. Even if they did trade down thinking they'd still get Claiborne as well as the 4th round pick and Dallas pulled a QB sneak and took Claiborne, they still got great value because they wouldn't have been able to get Martin at 36 and Baron fills a tremendous need at safety with both starters from last year gone. I guess that's why MSNBC listed the Bucs as one of the WINNERS of the first day of the draft.
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    No ones getting whiny were pissed they made a poor decision... Claiborne is better than Barron. The need for cornerbacks in the NFL is a higher need... Claiborne has never had injury restrictions... and yah i will watch some youtube videos on mark barron... but u moron WE DIDNT NEED A SAFETY!!!! Mark Barron has a HUGE injury history... Junior and senior year and double hernia surgery AFTER! Mo Clay was a 100 % safe pick and would have been franchise player! Trading down two spots for a PITTY 4th round pick is RETARDED! Barron could have fellto 15th overall so he's obviously not THAT good and important of a position as Morris Claiborne and a 4th round pick! If Dominick gets a 2nd round pick with that than I'm happy but he absolutely got played by the Rams!
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    I just Love both picks Mark Barron the best saftey in the draft we have no one at saftey we have CBs not saying there all great but wright will be solid barber will play nickle and talib will win trail and be playing week 1 so now we add the best saftey in the draft an now our secondary dosnt look so bad now we really look like a pretty good secondary i see us in the third round taking a CB or maybe even trading up into the 2nd round to grab one that we like thats still on the board an I liked Mo. Cla but i really really liked Barron ive said it the whole time i hoped we got Barron theres prolly something wrong wit Mo if we didnt draft him look we have his coach Doug Martin and Mark Barron are really great players WE Have upgraded out Rbs and our Dbs with some of the top players in both postions the top saftey and 2nd best rb in the draft
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    Scubog, I agree with you in principle, but I think Claiborne was a top 5 pick and I think Barron was a 13-14 pick. I didn't like the trade, and then to trade again (basically our second rounder and the pick we got for trading down) to take a running back at the bottom of the first round wasn't great either. So hopefully the Bucs got what they wanted. But I didn't think trading a rare shutdown corner in Claiborne and the 5th pick on day 2 was worth Barron and Martin (even after looking at their YouTube highlights). I hope this cyber GM is wrong. But this cyber GM was pleading the Bucs to trade up to get Calvin Johnson from Detroit, even trading 1st, 2nd rounders to do it. And I do think Suh is much better than McCoy.
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    BUCSFANINNC - I did watch tape on him and was I saw was him give up 6 touchdowns and struggle in the transition game. No question he is thumper in the run game and we are sorely lacking in that area. We have watched middle linebacker here drag down runners since Lynch left. But Barron is not a complete back in the sense of Kuechly who had no weaknesses.
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    I hope for the best with Barron. But to me, Kuechly has all the ability and intangibles to be an Urlacher that can cover. If Barron is the next Polamalu or Reed this is a great pick. But before the draft nobody talked about him that highly. The worst part is that Kuechly went to the Panthers!
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    scubog gets pissy! I love it. Keep posting. For everybodyelse: We play Dallas week 3. Watch Jackson v. Mo and tell me your opinion then. I don't want to see another Buccaneer making a "business decision" ever again. In a word, Barron hits people...hard. I read too many posts where Bucs Fans were OK with a 5'10" secondary. IMHO that just won't work. The "Honey Badger" won't get drafted. In case you don't already know, size matters. (That's supposed to be funny.) I don't think Dom gets "schooled" by too many people. Dom--for better or worse--has proven he's aggressive in the draft.{Ex: Freeman, K2, Stocker, Martin.} "You go get your guy."
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    What a bunch of crybabies. This is what happens every year. You all get your hearts set on a player (Claiborne and Richardson) and you think every other player is worthless. First it was DT Peria Jerry or DE/LB Larry English and Oh no, Dominik took QB Josh Freeman. Anyone real impressed with Jerry or English and Luke McCown at QB? In 2010 it was Suh and everyone else was a stiff. Suh is already declining and we're still waiting for McCoy to stay on the field so maybe we should have looked harder at JPP. Then last year it was DE Ryan Kerrigan. "Oh no, he was gone to the Redskins and we got stuck with that one-armed guy (Clayborn)." How'd that work out for you cyber GM's? Here's a thought; go on Youtube and watch some highlights, read a little more about our new addition(s), let them go through a training camp and actually play in red and pewter before you start the whining. Baron is a physical player and the top safety in the draft. You have to agree that if we're thinking about playing the 36 year old, 180 # Ronde Barber there we're in trouble. Now we can put him back in the slot where he excels. Doug Martin is a bigger version of Ray Rice. In evaluating trades you need to think about the actual draft position and not the round. That's what real GM's do.
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    well put my friend...couldn't have said it better.
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    Thank you! A little bit of common sense...which seems to be seriously lacking from some of these wanna-be GM's!
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    Jiggy Joe you couldn't have said it any better than you did! What pisses me off that Dominik has the tenacity to sit there to our faces on camera and tell us that he was going to be the pick all along even at 5! Mark Dominik you are the biggest and worst liar i have ever seen in my life! You screwed up by trading Mo Clay in the first place but dont lie and make urself look even worse! YOU KNOW U BLEW THIS on all 4's... We were the only team that could get jacksonville Blackmon and the best you could negotiate is a 4th round pick! Thats sickening!!! Take notes from the rams on how to trade picks! jacksonville is laughing in ur face!.. Mark Dominick.... you just got PUNKED.... by Beiber!
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    How about the GM and Head Coach thought that Clayborn would drop to 7th and they were wrong. So they panicked and picked a Safety that should have been taken 12 to 15th. That would be my guess.
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    Well guys it seems that the new buc era has arrived. What a move picking up a great saftey and move back into rd-1 nd get no22 in doug martin this is great. now can we get that cb from central fla next-GO BUCS
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    I'm not going to complain about the draft until I see the preseason. I'm not too big on losing a 4th to trade back into the 1st. Oh well I won't be watching the first half of tomorrow's draft unless there is more trades by the bucs. Not getting a cornerback isn't all bad there will be corners in next years free agency.
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    I wanted to wait a while before posting to have time to think this over. I'm not too crazy about Barron. I think he is a good, not great player and he really does address a position of need. My problem with him is the same problem I have with all of Alabama's players. They're too damn stiff. They spend all that time in the weight room and get all muscle-bound but is costs them in agility. Barron, Upshaw, Richardson and Hightower were all too stiff in my opinion. As for Claiborne, Dominik obviously had them ranked side by side or he may even have had Barron above Claiborne. That's why he took the risk in trading back because the Rams needed a CB as bad as we did even if they hadn't traded the pick to the Cowboys. As much as I wanted Claiborne I'm fine with that since they had intel on him from LSU's old secondary coach. If he didn't want him there must be something to that low wonderlic score.
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    I like the martin pick but we have huge holes at CB and LB and only have a 3rd round pick left. Still think we should have grabbed Claiborne in first and LB, maybe Kendrick in 2nd. Can always get good RB's later in draft - round 3 would have been the spot.
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    The fact that you guys are so bought into the fact that they were "guna take him at 5 and that getting him at 7 was a pleasant suprise" they absolutely wanted claiborne... everyone knew it they just screwed over the rams and didnt think the rams would pull off with a trade and their tryin to convince you that that was their intention the whole time with selecting barron... BS mark dominik got punked by the rams! and jacksonville is laughing in both their faces
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    Mark Dominik ur not smart man straight up! You people dont understand... WE DIDNT NEED A SAFEY right now! Next draft yah! Ronde Barber played safety last year and was goin to again this year who was the best player for the bucs secondary last year... now our cornerbacks are going to be ronde 37 who will struglle at cb and not at ss.... eric wright and ej biggers! we need a cb and lb and we have yet to draft either... gettingd doug martin im all four cuz we need a compliment to number 27 but next year talib is gone most likely barber is gone most likely that means u have eric wright the only half decent corner who i still think sucks when you could have had a franchise cb in claiborne... people say hes overated but his ball skills and instincts are better than barrons. BARRON could have FELL TO 10-20th pick for christ sakes! Im not arguing barron isnt a good player we just didnt need to use a 7th pick on him for an elite cb and 4th round pick! like wtf r u guna get from the 4th round ? LEARN how to negotiate dominik the rams moved further back and got a 2nd round pick! not a pitty 4th rounder you idiot! i wouldnt be pissed if we got a second round pick because we could have gotten a good lb from that but now were screwed and can only hope we get a descent lb for the 3rd round! VONTZE BURFICT!!!!!!
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    Bucs on the clock again in trade... Oh boy... Better be good!
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    Even with Claiborne's former coach on the staff, they still passed on him! What does that say about what they're trying to run/Claiborne himself?! In Dom I trust. Have faith! This move makes too much sense!
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    I agree if his old coach didnt want him (because we would have taken him at 5) then I am glad that we did what we did.
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    @PR... Please don't put any sugar on it, it sounds like Barron was the whole defense for Ala. There are ten other players on defense.
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    I think we drop the ball by trading down just for a 4 round pick . We missed alot of great opps. They get paid to do this ,and every year I think we get f----' I'm dissapointed again!
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    Claiborne obviously wasn't who the front office wanted, even with his old coach Cooper on our coaching staff. Dom would've taken him at 5 if they wanted him, but they traded down instead. People need to stop saying we got screwed by the Browns and/or Cowboys.
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    Clayborne is a future all pro - Barron is a good player. Dom is an idiot....
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    I was really excited initially,as I thought that this was the perfect spot to pick Kuechly. Barron seemed anti -climactic. I have a lot of confidence in Dom, but I have to agree with everyone else that I feel like we got short-changed on this one. No doubt that this was a need and this is a unique talent. Bo Bucs!
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    We drafted Black at safety last year so I guess he is another miss for Dominik and Hickey!
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    Actually Black and Barron in the backfield is a pretty good get and you have Grimm too, you need more than two players at the safety spot.
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    If Barron turns out to be anything like Ed Reed, Ronnie Lott or John Lynch, we will grow to love watching The Red Barron blow people up! Draft is deep at LB and RB but very shallow at S. Solid choice! It seemed those most teams that traded only got 4th round extra picks. Don't think I saw any 2nd rounders in trades so far.
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    Here's how I see it.....Dominik got plunked by the Browns and the Cowboys.....watch how this comes back to haunt them......disgusting,!!!!
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    Just got back from RJS and most people at RJS couldn't believe the pick.Miss on Richardson and have the Cowboys steal Claiborne is just a shame, all for a fourth round pick. Dominik should have been let go with Morris. He traded up for Stocker and was not worth the price so he tried to make it up and blew it. I said in one of my other posts we would miss on Richardson and Claiborne and we did, end of story!
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    Why do we need more young players? the Bucs already are the youngest team, they didn't need more young players for the sake of having young players. Get the players you NEED not NUMBERS ! This way the Bucs get a full 7 in the draft and they can address needs.
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    Nice pick! Hope we take LB Hightower in 2nd if not a RB.
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    Dom probably should've gotten more, but he's said all along he wanted to accumulate picks. The trade value chart is antiquated, so going off of that is pointless. Most likely, he wanted to move down more than someone wanted to move up, and he didn't want to drop too far and miss out on Barron (like the Rams dropping to 14th). I like the pick a lot. We Bucs fans know what a great safety can do for a defense.
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    The Bucs fill a need a Safety, get a 4th which they can pick up a LB. The Bucs can add a CB in the 2nd or 3rd, or a RB. I think with the draft being so deep in the CBs and RB getting a top Safety was great.
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    Just a solid pick! He is the next Ronnie Lott. He can play in all defensive downs and cover a WR, TE, RB and can make tackles! This was our biggest need and it was well hdden from other teams. Now in Round 2 we take the best LB or CB. In round 3 we take either the CB or LB we didn't get in round 2. Go Bucs!
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    I love this pick... Hate the trade. How did it cost a 4 last year to move up in the 4th round and it cost a 4 to move up in the top 10?!?! Aside from that ss is so critical and undervalued, classic exp is how the colts run d fell apart when their safety was injured a few years back. Not only that but now we have an answer for gonzo, Olsen, and Graham! I was really hoping Barron would be our pick and I think it says a lot about Claiborne that his college coach didn't want him that bad otherwise they would have stayed pat and picked him. PR please give us details on why Dom made the trade for only a 4 and is Barron who they really wanted? My only concern is the double sports hernia... Another medical rf in the first for us hope the docs checked him out to a T. Go bucs!!
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    On the plus side, I have to believe that they wanted Barron over Claiborne, and I do like Barron. However, we traded a 4th rounder to trade for a backup TE, and all we get for moving down in the 1st round is a 4th rounder? And in a 6-player draft, to get the 7th player is a bit disappointing. I am trying to talk myself into it, and I certainly like him, but to me, when you have a chance to get a Claiborne or a Blackmon, you don't give that chance away for a 4th rounder.
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    trade up and get harrison smith now
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    Disappointed at first but after reading about him, his tackling is superb and he has a great eye and ability for the interceptions. Claiborne might have been a better one on one guy but can't tackle like Barron and our run defense was putrid. You get a great run stuffer and a cover guy all in one. Now get a linebacker in rd. 2 who can play the middle.
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    I think Dom was trying to be to smart for his own good. Trying to get a 4th along with Mo. Barron is going to be a good player but I dont think this is what they had planned.
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    JayBuc52, Barron can cover. Watch some video. He has coverage skills almost comparable to a good starting corner. I'm just a little pissed that all we got was a 4th. If Mark Dominic stated in front of ownership that he was going to move down there and still get Claiborne, then this might be his last year.
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    I don't have a problem with the pick, I have a problem with the price paid for the pick. Dominik got punk'd!
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    I'm ok with the pick just perplexed why we only got a 4th and their first in the trade, especially after the trade made to move up one slot to get trent richardson was made and cost it the farm!
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    Look for the reason to come out after the draft as to why the Browns gave up so much was due to the Jets' serious interest in moving up to get Richardson. They probably had a final offer on the table, and the Browns topped it by a pick.
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    I don't have a problem with the pick. Fills a big need with a stud. But I can't believe we only got a 4th round pick! The draft value chart says we should have gotten a 3rd AND a 4th. Jax wanted Blackmon bad. I thought we might actually do a little bit better than the charts said - can't believe we did worse. The Vikings got a nice haul by scarring the Browns and they only moved down 1 spot.
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    Further evidence that Mark Dominik should have been fired along with Raheem. Far as I'm concerned, he blew another draft. Shameful!!!! Missing out on Richardson and Claiborne are UNEXCUSABLE!!!!!
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    Excellent maneuvering by Dominik and Co. Safety very thin in this draft and on Bucs' roster. Good pick-up. LB, CB, and RB are deep this year. Plus added an important 4th rounder. Latter rounds will be crucial
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    Definately unexpected but I like the pick. Defense just got alot better and we got our fourth back. Good start not great.
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    Kinda hoping we'd draft Keuchly, but I'm sure I'll warm up to Barron. NFL Network says he has the potential to have the same impact on a game as Ed Reed. That's some pretty high praise, comparing him to a Hall of Fame safety. Barron's game is obviously different than Reed's, but let's hope Barron is a stud that we desperately need.
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    Very nice selection....and we get a 4th rounder to boot. Excellent job getting the best safety in the draft and picking up an extra pick. Our run defense just got a lot better and also a guy who has real nose for intercepting the football. Way to go BUCS!
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    Seriously? Safety at #7? The Bucs reached on a Barron who while a run stuffing safety can't cover and didn't put up great numbers. How do you pass on Kuechly who was a tackling machine, a leader and has no weaknesses in his game. This guy will be a premier middle linebacker for years to come and we will have to face him twice a year. Horrible pick.
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    His strength IS coverage, so I don't know what you're talking about. It is definitely a need pick. Let's face it, we won't even make it to the post season if we can't cover the tight ends in our own division.
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    Wow, We trade out of the top 5 for a 4th rounder and we miss out on one of the FIVE blue chip players in the draft? Wow....
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