“You Expect To See Some Spectacular Plays”May 17th, 2014
When you’re drafted No. 7 overall, you better be a great player doing spectacular things.
Joe’s not talking about rookie Mike Evans this morning. Joe’s waiting on safety Mark Barron, the 2012 No. 7 overall pick, to prove he’s part of the Bucs’ long term future.
While talking about Evans’ catch that wowed all in attendance at rookie minicamp practice yesterday, Lovie Smith was clear that when a player is drafted that high, “you expect to see some spectacular plays.”
Joe agrees. So when’s the last time Barron was “spectacular?” Late in the season finale of 2012 in Atlanta? One or two plays last year, a good couple of games?
Joe’s simply setting a high standard for Barron. Being pretty good is just not enough.
It’s not just Joe setting that mark. Only a handful of 2011 first-round draft picks did not see their teams exercise the expensive fifth-year options on them this month. Adrian Clayborn was one who got rejected. Clayborn has done some good things, but he was deemed unworthy of the money and can become an unrestrictive free agent after this season.
Barron, barring a big upgrade in play, could be in the same boat as Clayborn next year. Without a very strong 2014, the Bucs won’t lock up Barron when it’s his turn next spring.
Its time for Barron to be spectacular.