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Chargers have discussed trading up for Mark Barron

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Alabama safety Mark Barron is one of the hot names in the final days before the NFL draft, and at least one team is high enough on him to discuss trading up to get him.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego reports that the Chargers love Barron enough that they have discussed engineering a trade to acquire him.

With the 18th pick in the first round, the Chargers will almost certainly not be able to take Barron without a trade. Many mock drafts, from Evan Silva’s to Greg Cosell’s to Peter King’s, have the Cowboys taking Barron at No. 14. So if the Chargers want to move up and take Barron, they’ll at the very least need to move up to No. 13.

Barron is the best safety in the draft by far, a likely Week One starter who’s ready right now to cover NFL tight ends and slot receivers, and adding Barron would give the Chargers their best strong safety since Rodney Harrison left a decade ago.

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32 Responses to “Chargers have discussed trading up for Mark Barron”
  1. bigtunna says: Apr 23, 2012 8:23 PM

    That is the spot where they need big time help. Nice to see the boys upstairs working to get off the hot seat

  2. gerard33 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:23 PM

    “…who’s ready right now to cover NFL tight ends and slot receivers…”

    I don’t think I’d go that far right now.

  3. mark0226 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:24 PM

    Chargers need to take a note out of the Patriots draft strategy book and trade down instead of constantly trading up. They have had more success trading down than they did for trading up. For Michael Vick, they got LT and Brees. For Eli Manning, they got Philip Rivers, Nate Kaeding, and Shawns Merriman. When they traded up, they got Ryan Mathews and lost a bunch of picks.

  4. raidadon says: Apr 23, 2012 8:28 PM

    Too bad fer Barron. I’d hold out on sandy eggo. Go back to college. Anything to avoid playin fer the bush league dolts

  5. astrosfan75956 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:30 PM

    Would love for Dallas to draft him!

  6. 6ball says: Apr 23, 2012 8:41 PM

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    If Barron is as good as advertised, this could be the year that the Patriots trade up. Belichick should have all available info regarding Barron via his pal, Nick Saban.

    Additionally, I think KC, Seattle, and Arizona picking at 11,12,and 13 respectively, would give serious consideration to moving back. The Patriots have 27 and 31 in the first round and 17 and 31 in the second.

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  7. chawk12thman says: Apr 23, 2012 8:43 PM

    Seahawks will trade…….bank on it.

  8. bisugadaddy says: Apr 23, 2012 8:45 PM

    And the cardinals will gladly trade down for a mere second round pick, and then snag reiff.

  9. seatownballers says: Apr 23, 2012 8:46 PM

    Seattle will let you have him for the right price

  10. majbobby says: Apr 23, 2012 8:59 PM

    Anyone wanting to come up I am sure the Bills will sell 10.

  11. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 9:04 PM

    Great safeties are hard to find.

    Worth trading up if you think he’s the real deal.

  12. spiderman300784 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:08 PM

    THE LORD OF NO RINGS STRIKES AGAIN

  13. twelvehundred says: Apr 23, 2012 9:12 PM

    “Chargers need to take a note out of the Patriots draft strategy book and trade down instead of constantly trading up.”

    I don’t necessarily disagree. But the jury is still out on Mathews; I think he’ll be a star. Same for Donald Butler. The Chargers also traded up for Weddle who has been a great safety and leader on defense.

  14. codysteeler says: Apr 23, 2012 9:16 PM

    Pittsburgh needs barron, but highly unlikely tomlin and rooney will trade up

  15. crosbynation87 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:18 PM

    Hey

  16. crosbynation87 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:19 PM

    Barron will never make it past the bills, if he is there buffalo is taking him

  17. wadinmypants says: Apr 23, 2012 9:51 PM

    Barron doesnt want to play for crap organization like San Diego. He’ll demand to be traded like Eli Manning and go on and win Superbowls elsewhere.

  18. trollaikman8 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:58 PM

    So they got $40+ Million tied up in Eric Weddle and they still want another playmaker safety?

    They have a ton of holes throughout the defense. Moving up would be foolish.

  19. cowboyscanada says: Apr 23, 2012 10:10 PM

    If Jerry wants Barron, he’ll figure out a way to get him.

  20. prosourcetalk says: Apr 23, 2012 10:13 PM

    Hey

  21. jaialaicharger says: Apr 23, 2012 10:33 PM

    raidadon says:
    Apr 23, 2012 8:28 PM

    Too bad fer Barron. I’d hold out on sandy eggo. Go back to college. Anything to avoid playin fer the bush league dolts

    ——-

    LOL Again with the Raider fans talking it up about the Chargers… those consecutive 8-8 seasons really bring out the swagger and restore the bravado.

    Keep trading away those first rounders boys. Thats the winning formula.

  22. blackbeard43 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:42 PM

    Great safeties are hard to find.
    Nose tackles are hard to find.
    Franchise QBs are hard to find.
    game-changing No. 1 receivers are hard to find.
    Pass rushers are hard to find.
    Shutdown corners are hard to find.
    Solid left tackles are hard to find.
    Great waterboys are hard to find….

  23. whoknowsnothing says: Apr 23, 2012 11:50 PM

    Once again the Chargers are going to trade down with Miami.

    Good for both teams: Chargers get their man and the Phins get multiple picks!

  24. rooneyruleblues says: Apr 23, 2012 11:56 PM

    Yeah all those free agents that couldn’t wait to get out of SD sure ran for the hills. Nobody wants to play for AJ Smith… Smith signed 20 free agents so far this offseason. I think its time to give it a rest.

  25. ambitoos says: Apr 24, 2012 12:08 AM

    Do it . We need help at safety. We need help at many other places also.

  26. glen1904 says: Apr 24, 2012 12:17 AM

    I think they realize that with three picks after they pick at 18 Belichick has before there 2nd round pick there is no way they will get Harrison Smith like they want and would love to see the patriots move up to 13 to get Barron. Then they might be able to move in the 2nd and get Smith, they need a lot more than Barron to fix the WORST 3rd down defense in the NFL with Johnson and Bigby?

  27. nyfcat says: Apr 24, 2012 12:43 AM

    The Bills are said to like Barron too, so the Chargers may have to trade up higher for him. AJ Smith could give up a lot. He threw the trade value chart out the window in the 2007 draft when he traded two 3rds and a 5th to move up 25 spots in 2nd for S Eric Weddle, who is an All-Pro. Philip Rivers is 30 – he’s going to start declining and Barron may be the draft’s final impact player.

  28. joetoronto says: Apr 24, 2012 5:07 AM

    jaialaicharger says: Apr 23, 2012 10:33 PM

    LOL Again with the Raider fans talking it up about the Chargers… those consecutive 8-8 seasons really bring out the swagger and restore the bravado.

    Keep trading away those first rounders boys. Thats the winning formula.
    *************************************************
    It’s every teams goal to win the Super Bowl and the Chargers have none.

    The “winning formula” involves doing everything you can to win it all, not saving a buck.

  29. dccowboy says: Apr 24, 2012 5:56 AM

    I’m not sure why the Chargers would do this. They have two good safeties and both of their starting CBs are going to be UFA at the end of this season (as well as having some age on them). Wouldn’t you think they’d be more interested in acquiring a CB at 18 rather than surrendering picks to move up past 14 to get a safety? the way its beginning to look the Chargers will have 2-3 CBs to choose from at 18 (Jenkins, Gilmore, Kirkpatrick). I suspect the Barron thing is a smokescreen.

  30. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Apr 24, 2012 7:26 AM

    Mr. Ireland, there’s a Mr. A.J. Smith on the phone. Something about this years’s 1 and 2, plus next year’s 2. What should I tell him?

  31. cantonbound13 says: Apr 24, 2012 7:35 AM

    Miami should trade the #8 pick for the Chargers 1st & 2nd or 3rd round pick. Guaranteed Tannehill is still there at 18 as he should be. This also gives you another pick in the first 3 rounds of a deep draft. Too many holes for the Dolphins to fill in 1 year, they need all the picks they can get. History tells us Ireland won’t hit on all his picks, so the more picks chances are he may actually get a starter out of it.

  32. jaialaicharger says: Apr 24, 2012 8:04 AM

    joetoronto says:Apr 24, 2012 5:07 AM

    jaialaicharger says: Apr 23, 2012 10:33 PM

    LOL Again with the Raider fans talking it up about the Chargers… those consecutive 8-8 seasons really bring out the swagger and restore the bravado.

    Keep trading away those first rounders boys. Thats the winning formula.
    *************************************************
    It’s every teams goal to win the Super Bowl and the Chargers have none.

    The “winning formula” involves doing everything you can to win it all, not saving a buck.

    ———-

    Yes, we know they have zero Superbowls, can never argue with that (always the only argument with the Chargers and the only one the counts). Speaking of the now they are always close and at least that gives them a fighting chance.
    The big part of a winning formula involves building through the draft not consistently trading your #1 picks for aging players past their prime.
    What do you mean saving a buck?
    I though letting go of VJ was smart because they have other needs and this offense was not built around VJ.

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