Bucs Must Do Better Than BarronFebruary 24th, 2014
When Joe fantasizes about what the Bucs should get from their No. 7 overall draft pick in 2014, Joe can’t help but note that the Bucs better do a heck of a lot better than they did with the No. 7 pick in 2012, safety Mark Barron.
Yes, Barron has shown his talents on the field. But he hasn’t resembled a consistent standout player, the type of performer every last Bucs fan is expecting with this year’s No. 7 overall pick.
Joe can’t imagine any Bucs fan sits at home hoping Khalil Mack, Jake Matthews or, say, Johnny Football or Jadeveon Clowney, has their first two Buccaneer seasons in the NFL look like those of Barron.
No, Barron can’t be called a bust yet, but this is a pivotal season for him. When a player is picked that high, he has to deliver quickly.
Barron is one of the biggest X-factors for the Bucs in 2014. If Lovie Smith can get Barron to fulfill his massive potential, then the Bucs could approach having a truly elite status, assuming they find a stout edge rusher.
Regardless, Barron is a reminder of the unpredictability of the NFL Draft. It’s no guarantee of a quick fix, even with the No. 7 overall pick.