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Mark Barron Disputes Notion He Can’t Play in Man

By Alan Schechter

January 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Mark Barron (4) during a team practice for the 2012 BCS national championship game to be played on January 9, 2012 against the LSU Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Barron spoke today about the idea that has made the rounds that he can’t play man-to-man defense.

“I feel like that’s a misconception about me,” the Alabama draft prospect said today at the NFL’s PLAY 60 Youth Football Festival in Chelsea. “It was; it’s kind of going away. But I feel like that was a misconception about me that I couldn’t play man, many people saying things similar to that, and that’s most definitely not the case.”

He said that he was asked to play a lot of zone in Alabama’s scheme, but feels comfortable in any system.

He believes he can do it all, and would fit into Rex Ryan’s scheme.

“I think I’d do a great job in the scheme,” Barron said of the Jets defense. “I feel like I can do whatever a team needs me to do, and I feel like I can do a good job at it, I feel like I fit in great with their scheme.”

He may be just posturing, trying to keep himself available to all teams. Time will tell. He’s certainly saying all of the right things to get himself chosen.