Which Crimson Tide Player will Disappoint their NFL Team?

Those that follow my work know my distain for Barron, but to be honest I am growing more fond of him. However, I still do not like him enough for the first round and certainly not enough for the Cowboys at 14.

If this was a decade ago, I would love Barron. He is physical in the run game, and when he is allowed to free lance he can be a ball hawk. However, in today’s NFL the safety position is moving away from his “neckroll” type of safety. The new ideal safety is Eric Berry, the agile safety that can play man coverage when called upon. But aside from his coverage skills he needs to be able to make splash players whether that is a fumble, an INT, or TFL. That is just not what I see on tape from Barron.

I think Barron will benefit from this weak class of safeties, but that doesn’t mean he is worth it. The “new” safety needs to be able the most athletic guy on the field, and he needs to be able to be used in a variety of ways. It all comes down to this question, “Would you feel comfortable with putting your safety man-on-man against a TE like Gronk for 4 straight downs, or do you think he will either be overpowered or out ran?”. The teams that can say yes are very few, and I don’t think Barron would change that.

About Will Lomas

Grew up in a town in Tennessee named Dyersburg, and played ball there. When I realized I was too small to play college ball, I found my passion in breaking down game film, analyzing athletes, and finding the little things that decides whether a player is good, bad, or great.