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Jets Draft Spotlight, Mark Barron

By Alan Schechter

October 08, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide safety Mark Barron (4) warms up before the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama won 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

Today, we take a look at a guy that may be an option for the Jets in the first round, if the pass rushers they are interested in are already off the board. He’s a safety, and a good one. Spotlight, Mark Barron, University of Alabama.

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He measures in at 6’1″ 213 pounds.

He recorded 2 INTs in 2011, 12 in his college career.

Pros: Barron spends much time in the film room, which has honed his excellent football instincts.  That plus his size puts him around the ball a lot, and in position to make many plays.  He can match up 1 on 1 with tight ends and receivers in the slot (big need for the Jets).  He is rarely out of position, and a fierce run defender.

Cons: He sometimes launches in to ball carriers, which can create highlight reel hits, may also be a problem when facing elusive ballcarriers at the next level.  His strong instincts in the run defense could make him susceptible to the play action fake.

Take a look at the video, and you be the judge:

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I still think an edge pass rusher is the primary concern in round one. However, if the rushers they like are gone, they could do a lot worse than going here. He’s got great instincts, and he has the ability to be a ball hawk. Look at the video, he makes a great move on the ball and he is fast. He could make a big impact at the next level.