OK, enough of the negative...at least for now. Mark Barron is a "do-it-all" safety who can play in the box, cover in zone or man-to-man against tight ends and some slot receivers. He has great ball skills and a slightly below elite level burst to the football. He is an aggressive run defender who arrives at the ball carrier with an attitude. Many general managers wouldn't think of selecting a safety with a top ten pick, but I would beg them to reconsider when it comes to Barron.
Here are the rest of the strong safety rankings:
|2||Harrison Smith||Notre Dame||6017||213|
|3||George Iloka||Boise St.||6035||225|
|5||Antonio Allen||South Carolina||6014||210|
I'm sure some of you noticed that I have George Iloka listed with the strong safeties, and it's for a good reason...he will be an absolute liability in coverage. He is simply way too tight withe extremely poor change of direction, backpedal, and lateral movement skills. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't be surprised if his new team bulked him up and moved him to linebacker.
As for the free safeties, they're an even more nondescript group. Markelle Martin is the best of the lot, and he'll probably be relegated to special teams duty unless injuries are involved. He plays way too high and stiff, so his movement skills are an issue. Then, on top of all that, he's very aggressive and finds himself often out of position. If you're a team in need of a free safety, this is not your year.
Here are the free safety rankings:
|1||Markelle Martin||Oklahoma St.||6010||207|
|3||Trent Robinson||Michigan St.||5096||195|
|4||Brandon Hardin||Oregon St.||6025||222|