Mark Barron, The One That Got Away


In the 2012 NFL Draft with the 7th overall pick, the Buccaneers selected the hard hitting DB that never lived up to his potential while in Tampa Bay. In all of the coaching staffs brilliance, they decided to play him at SS instead of LB. Which some would argue is a better fit, and the team did not play to Barron’s strengths and ultimately former HC Greg Schiano’s scheme was just not a good fit. Essentially Schiano was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, and wasted the talents of Barron. By the time Lovie Smith came onto the scene it was too late for Barron, and they traded him in October 2014 to the LA Rams for a 4th and 6th round pick in the 2015 draft.



While he isn’t necessarily a blue chip player, Tampa Bay could of gotten better use of his talents rather than letting a top former 1st round pick slip away for a mid and late round pick. It seems though as if Barron has gotten the last laugh of sorts, and the better end of the deal, as he and his team are preparing to play in Super Bowl LIII Sunday. So now the Bucs can add Barron to the ever growing list of key Bucs players that have left the troubled team only to latch on to a more promising team en route to Super Bowl berths and wins.