All offseason we heard about the Buccaneers’ interst in taking a defensive back in the first round and it came to pass on Thursday night.
It just wasn’t the defensive back we were expecting. Morris Claiborne had always been the guy linked with the Bucs, but, after trading down to seventh, they wound up picking Alabama safety Mark Barron instead. Barron was the subject of much predraft chatter as various teams were said to be interested in trading up to secure his rights. As it turns out, it was a team trading down that landed him.
Barron’s rise to the top 10 wasn’t expected, but it started becoming predictable as his name came up more and more among more and more teams. He projects as a strong safety, a spot where the Buccaneers need help right away. Barron’s arrival should also help shore up a defense that gave up far too many big running plays last season.
The Buccaneers were originally picking fifth, but dealt that pick to the Jaguars for the seventh and 101st overall picks so the Jags could get Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.