The Buccaneers drafted Alabama safety Mark Barron with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft believing he was a future All-Pro performer in the NFL. The folks at Pro Football Weekly believe he already is one.
On Tuesday, David DeChant of profootballweekly.com posted the publication’s Midseason All-Pro Team, recognizing the NFL’s top performers at each position at the season’s halfway point. Barron was PFW’s choice as one of the two safeties on the team, along with Earl Thomas of the Seahawks. Note that this is a full-league squad, not a rookies-only team. In fact, Barron is the only rookie on the team other than Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh.
Barron has indeed been an immediate impact player for the Buccaneers, stepping directly into the starting line at strong safety and quickly earning a reputation as a hard hitter. He ranks third on the team with 48 tackles through eight games, including two for a loss, and has added one interception, one forced fumble and seven passes defensed.
DeChant also says that Barron has been a pleasant surprise against the pass this season, and that he has a good chance to be a fixture on the PFW All-Pro teams. Check out the entire Midseason All-Pro squad here.