OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 15: Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with defensive back Mark Barron #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide after the Ole Miss Rebels scored on the opening drive on October 15, 2011 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
With the 15th pick in the 2012 MHR Community mock draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select:
Mark Barron, safety, Alabama
Eagles' GM: GibsonV
GM Explanation: With arguably the best backfield in the NFL, sporting Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel the Eagles are very much in win now mode. They have an excellent Defensive Line With both Jason Babin (35 TKL, 18 SCK) and Trent Cole (41 TKL, 11 SCK) they just need more play makers in the middle. They solved one of those issues by trading for MLB Demeco Ryans and now drafting a top tier Safety will shore up the middle of the secondary. This is a very deep DL draft and I trust that once the 46 pick comes around there will be plenty to choose from to help the DL rotation. If either Cox, Brockers, or Kuelchy was still on the board I would have taken those ahead of Barron. Remember that the Eagles have 3rd year player and second round pick Nate Allen S, that is still developing, and the better the pass rush the better the secondary becomes. Most would argue for Dontari Poe in this position but giving his lack of production during college, yet Barron's collegiate resume was far more impressive and included a much tougher schedule, including two national championships and winning 48 games within 2 years.
He's an extremely fast Safety clocking in a 4.54 on his Pro Day. An absolute ball hawk garnering 12 INT in his collegiate career while being the defensive QB for the Crimson Tide defense. Shows up for every play and is excellent in run support.
2011 Stats: 66 tackles, 42 solo, 4.0 tackles for loss, 5 Pass deflections, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery.
2010 Stats: 75 tackles, 6 Pass deflections, 3 interceptions,
2009 Stats: 76 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 11 Pass deflections, 7 interceptions
Every Eagles Fan in American misses Dawkins in an Eagles uniform, They have yet to fill his void 3 years after he left. But now they have finally found they're answer and future face of the team with Mark Barron.
Commissioner's Analysis: Given the Eagles' lack of true needs, this pick could make sense. They have drafted some safeties high in recent years, namely Nate Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett, and 23 year old Kurt Coleman actually had a really good season statistically last year with 78 tackles and four interceptions. I think Eagles fans would be surprised by this pick, but it wouldn't be a bad one. Barron is the best safety prospect by far, and he could fit in well with Philadelphia. He is a great athlete and just an overall really good prospect at the position with range, ball skills, great tackling ability, and the ability to call the shots as a leader.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
3. Minnesota Vikings: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
8. Miami Dolphins: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
9. Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
14. Dallas Cowboys: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
On the clock...New York Jets (Bronco Mike)