Mark Barron Not A Bad Consolation

April 26th, 2012

Joe is just sitting here shaking his head. Bucs general manager Mark Dominik gave up a franchise corner in a passing league, a dire need, for a fourth round pick and a safety.

A safety.

Granted, Alabama safety Mark Barron is not a bad pick, not bad at all. But a stud corner is much, much more valuable than a safety any day.

Granted, safety was a need. Tanard Jackson almost smoked his way out of the league and clearly playing for the Bucs was not a priority.


Joe likes Cody Grimm a lot but for some reasons, Bucs fans are quick to point out, accurately, that defensive tackle Gerald McCoy could not stay on the field. But for some reason would not apply the same standard to Grimm.

The last two seasons, Grimm’s first two in the NFL, he suffered season-ending leg injuries. Not only is there no reason to believe Grimm can finish a full season, there is also ample reason to believe Grimm would lose a step or two to his injured wheels.

Given Grimm was not fleet of feet to begin with, who is to say Grimm could hang with tight ends any longer?

Joe’s of the mind that Barron will be the best Bucs safety since John Lynch. But damn, a stud corner would sure have helped.

64 Responses to “Mark Barron Not A Bad Consolation”

  1. Nick Says:

    This guy will stop the run. Claiborne won’t

  2. DAN Says:

    100 percent with you joe, and now we get to face keukly twice a year

  3. raphael Says:

    our run defense just improved alot….we should of got more than a 4th but we got ALOT better with Barron

  4. Adam Says:

    I am officially on the “FIRE DOMINIK” bandwagon. That was the DUMBEST move I’ve ever seen by a GM. He GAMBLED and got F’ed by another team. He should have just STAYED PUT! I haven’t been this upset over a Bucs draft since they took Michael Clayton over Stephen Jackson.


  5. Brad Says:

    This is the worse I’ve ever felt after a draft.

  6. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Not necessarily Joe. Would you rather have Nnamdi or Ed Reed? Before everyone goes crazy at me, I’m not saying he’s as good as Ed Reed. My point is that if he’s special, then a safety can be more valuable. It all depends on how good the safety is. He’s pretty damn good. No real flaws. Claiborne will be great I’m sure, but he does have some question marks (namely that he struggles tackling).

  7. snookau Says:

    Don’t cry, Joe. Barron is a much better pick than Claiborne. Now they can use that 4th round pick to draft a pro bowl RB. *rolls eyes*

  8. Mr Lucky Says:

    Why oh why didn’t Dominik take the ILB Keukly????


  9. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    I don’t know about you…but I’d be willing to draft John Lynch with an early first rounder. Mark Barron is a freaking stud.

    And I’m not convinced he wasn’t the plan all along. Remember the Wonderlic scores? Maybe they did make a difference.

  10. raphael Says:

    agree with hawaiian and snookau

  11. raphael Says:

    interesting claibornes coach is our secondary coach

  12. Matthew Says:

    Holy crap, here come the haters before this kid played a down or the draft is even finished. If we scoop up a great RB and another Solid CB add a couple of late round LBs (hope one pans out) this draft will be a huge success. Barron is a stud who lays the wood & can cover big TE’s/WRs something Bucs face every year in our division!

  13. snookau Says:

    Funny. All the TR haters said we’d be crying when he went to Cleveland. Now its the MC lovers crying. Classic.

    Barron will have a better career. Book it.

    Now we can draft the next Allen Bradford in the 4th!!!!!!

  14. T. Bass Says:

    Claiborne college DB coach is now our DB coach and we don’t draft him… HE MUST KNOW SOMETHING

  15. raphael Says:

    besides our safety was so steller last year….* sarcasm*

  16. Jordan Says:

    I don’t think this is necessarily a bad move…just unexpected! If this kid can be our next John Lynch, then we are a much better team tonight! I guess time will tell.

  17. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    I could see Dominick skipping LB…Black is guaranteed isn’t he?

    Also, Jones is history, so why would Joe think Barron is here to replace Grimm? I think Joe is drinking too much hooch already.

  18. DAN Says:

    i did say all last year our safeties made our corners look horible last year

  19. jason Says:

    Love the pick i see a more physical saftey then lynch was think we could of got more from jville…… Need to get hightower now and now we r talkin.

  20. Jerry Says:

    So much for the “Rockstar” GM. His drafting of mediocrity is going to continue.

  21. Garv Says:

    Come on now, we got an instant starter and huge upgrade at safety.
    This guy can cover, hits like a truck and will make or D much much better.
    Those of you who are depressed because they honestly believe they know
    better based on, well, no interviews, no attendance at combines, practices or pro days but rather on what they read on a web site need to breath.

    Or…….we could demand the Bucs hire “Adam” as their new GM. After all, he seems to be able to read and type.

  22. Adam Says:

    Awful awful awful…. I have now OFFICIALLY had it with Dominik. He blew it. Blew it big time. He drafted McCoy and his twig-like arms. He drafted Price and his rubber-band hamstrings. And now he completely missed out on THREE of the consensus TOP 5 picks in this draft. That’s it. I’m done with him. Dominik is a waste of ORGANS. THIS IS THE WORST DRAFT SINCE THE BUCS PICKED MICHAEL CLAYTON OVER STEPHEN JACKSON!!!!!

  23. Adam Says:

    Yes GARV. I could have done better than Dominik; Easily . BITE ME, you ass-spelunker.

  24. 941Buc Says:

    We could have traded with Cowboys. Get a 2nd round pick and got.Barron at 14! Wish him luck but we got.played

  25. dom Says:

    maybe the whole time we werent high on claiborne and just wanted richardson, this may have been the back up plan.. maybe why we cut jackson 2 weeks before the draft.

  26. Eric Says:

    Guys play safety cause their not good enough to play corner.

    Needed an elite player, but we totally blew it IMO.

    Coulda got a guy this good at 20 or lower….

    Disaster……unmitigated disaster.

  27. Orlandobucfan Says:

    Why are we talking about stopping the run didn’t we try that with the last two years 1st and 2nd round picks bottom line we got hosed by the jags browns and cowboys all in the first hour of the draft.

  28. Jerry Says:

    This is why we should have fired Dominik along with Raheem. We lose out on Claiborne for a 4th round pick, and then reach for a safety.

    If Barron isnt in the pro bowl by 2013, Dominik needs to be fired.

  29. jLM Says:

    I won’t be complaining when he lays out roddy white.

  30. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Reading some of your comments makes me embarrassed that we cheer for the same team.

  31. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Guys play safety cause their not good enough to play corner.”


    Maybe you should tell Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu that.

  32. Matthew Says:

    Agreed Hawaiin. Guys claiming Barron would be there at 14 are just flat wrong. Buffalo, Arizona, and several other teams loved Barron! No way he was falling to us, we couldn’t get who we wanted at 14. Man Bucs fans are just negative about EVERYTHING! The Draft isn’t even close to being over, we can still land Doug Martin, LaMicheal James maybe even Hightower if he falls!

  33. Miracle Says:

    “Guys play safety cause their not good enough to play corner.” – Lets check our dumb comments at the door.. Lets hear you say that to troy polamalu or Ed Reed.

    I would’ve liked Keuchley but if Barron turns into Polamalu then I’m not going to complain.

  34. dom Says:

    now if we woulda traded up to get someone and gave up a 3 or 5, i bet id see alot of comments complaining about that.

    “Guys play safety cause their not good enough to play corner.”

    probably the dumbest thing ive ever read.

  35. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Where did reed and polamalu go in the draft?

  36. Matthew Says:

    Don’t rule out the Bucs making a play for Dont’a hightower if he slips to 2nd round. Getting two Alabama captains who knock the piss out of guys from a national championship defense could be a huge boost & cool pairing!

  37. Thomas2.2 Says:


    People like you post the stat of the bucs record last year without statless Gerald but fail to mention that Cody Grimm was also out as well.

    That is what is bogus. Yes, Cody needs to stay healthy also, but Cody played very well and the team suffered when he was out. Gerald stunk and people act like his absence meant more than Grimms.

  38. Matthew Says:

    Reed 24th 1st Round
    Palamalu 16th 1st Round

  39. Garv Says:

    I think Adam, based on his command of the English language and deep understanding of college and NFL player evaluation should be the first HC/GM in Buccaneer team history.

    We got one hell of a player at a need position who fits what the Bucs want to do on defense. That kind of sort of matters despite the histrionics of some “knowledgeable” fans going off the deep end over picking a great college players who has yet to even see the practice field in Tampa. LOL

  40. Adam Says:

    HEY MATTHEW… HAS DOMINIK FOUND ANYONE IN THE DRAFT? Seriously. Has he found ANYONE of WORTH? Freeman is his best pick and that’s arguable at best.


  41. Matthew Says:

    I’ll tell you right now if we somehow land Dont’a hightower or Doug Martin/LaMicheal James this Bucs draft will be a great success in my mind.

  42. Adam Says:

    The Bucs got SHAFTED, Garv. Dominik gambled and LOST. He had an opportunity to get a top-flight corner in a PASS HAPPY conference and he FAILED…all for a 4th round PICK???? Hell, the FALCONS got a PRO BOWL CORNER from the EAGLES for a 7TH ROUND PICK?!?!?!?!!!? ARE YOU STUPID????????

    You. Are. Just. As. Dumb. As. DOMINIK.

  43. 941Buc Says:

    Like the pick but we could have traded with Cowboys and got a 2nd round pick and took him at 14.

  44. knucknbuc Says:

    @Joe stop B****ing. barron is gonna be a stud. Do you really think if Dom wanted claiborne that bad he wouldn’t of took him at 5 when he was on the board. He obviously wasn’t first on our board Barron was the pick all along. And honestly I can’t disagree with it because safety even moreso then corner was our worst position on the team last year. We have cam brees and ryan in our division you better have a safety that can cover the deep halves and win jumpballs.

  45. Matthew Says:

    Barron being there at 14 is a fallacy; stop making that argument. That deal wasn’t there if we wanted Barron. Arizona/Buffalo on record as wanting Barron if he was there.

  46. 941Buc Says:

    @Matthew – don’t get md wrong I like the pick. Im just thinking a second round pick plus a chance at barton would have been interesting.

  47. Matthew Says:

    941, sure ANYTHING is interesting. Getting an extra 1st round pick would have been interesting, I’m just trying to stay grounded in what the facts point to how the draft panned out. My friend a die hard bills fan had all bills staff/experts targeting a trade for Kallil if they could or praying Barron fell to them at 10. Arizona also rumored to have loved him. The idea that we could trade back farther and still get him just isn’t realistic. Now you could be stuck at 14 & get a bigger gamble pick. We got our guy and got another raffle ticket in the 4th to land someone. I see it as a Win tonight!

  48. Que589 Says:

    I’m good w/ the Barron pick. He was a leader and playmaker on a championship defense. Lets compare the impact of Barron, Kuechly and Claiborne. I got Barron being the better pro. Mark Dom should have got at least a 3rd round pick though

  49. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    IF Barron was our guy all along, it was a decent deal.
    If not, Mark Dominick got played like a piano.
    Maybe we can make a deal for Hightower ?

  50. BigLebowski Says:

    Shut up, Joe. Since you’ve pimped up Dominick as the “Rock Star” forever. you need to give him some props for ‘wheeling and dealing’. Hahahaha. Reap what you sow.

  51. BucFan20 Says:

    LMFAO. It’s all Doms’ idea. Nobody else. No coaches, Butch Davis, Scouts. Dom made the choice all on his own. If you believe that your really out of touch with how the draft works. But then again that’s why your not running ANY NFL team.

  52. Derek Says:

    agreed. dallas got a steal at 6 with claiborne

  53. Richard Says:

    There’s a lot of “The guy I projected to get picked didn’t get picked, so Dom must be an idiot.”

    Claiborne’s old position coach is on our staff, and we still traded out of the position to take him. Doesn’t that tell anyone anything?

  54. Sambizle Says:

    Looking back now… when I twitted I wanted the other LSU DB on December 10th. (MO Clayborne) I like the pick a lot and I see several reasons they went with Barron instead of Clay. The pick is omni-fold
    1. Extra pick
    2. A “Tackler” Clay is one of the best cover corners out of college in recent history potentially. BUT he is not the tackler that Barron is.
    3. CB’s our on “islands” Safeties play all over the place HUGE REASON!!!
    4. Not a single layer of our Defense (DL, LB, secondary) could tackle last year. This guy can play on all those levels.
    5. He’s a leader.
    I could go on and on….

    The pick is pretty good I think and I will renew my inaugural season Tix.


  55. Sambizle Says:

    Another 1st rounder YES!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. SoonerinTampa Says:

    Buc fans are SAD…this dude will be a STUD!!!!

  57. Have A Nice Day Says:

    I love the pick. Considering Barber is still on the team, we signed Wright, and Talib may still play, the biggest hole on the team was safety. Both starters are gone and everyone left is a 6th round pick or less. This gives us a true starting safety. I think this was an extremely smart move to fill the biggest need on defense.

  58. k1ngAdroc Says:

    I’m really happy with this pick. Safety position helps stop the run, cover receivers and blitz…. this guy can do it all!!! Friendly fire is back baby!!!

    Damn this guy can clean peoples clock… Barron’s a great pick and Joe shouldn’t get caught up with drafting a particular player

  59. k1ngAdroc Says:

    Oh, and if… that’s a big if, Mark got played by Dallass then he just seriously played the Giants who picked a RB right after us and the Rams that are said to be drafting a RB with their 2(1) pick.

    Go get us a LB and I would say that this program had a hell of an off-season and got the ship righted!! GO BUCS!

  60. 941-Bucs Says:

    So after reading through all the comments.

    Kind of makes me laugh at some of the fans who are up at arms with Dominik.

    i am actually quite happy with this for 2 reasons.

    1. i already know we just got Doug Martin

    2. Who in there right mind really believed Jerry Jones was “Once Again” going to be a pain in our ass during a draft and pick the exact player we wanted, even tho his DREAM pick is still on the board.

  61. GenocideD Says:

    I was as shocked as anybody that we didn’t pull the trigger on Claiborne, however, it’s a HUGE upgrade for a hole we had on defense.

    (talking about Barron)
    “His upside…he’s a probowl safety. His downside…he’s a probowl safety”=Mike Mayock

  62. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I have never once heard the words “Franchise Corner”. I’ve heard “Franchise QB”, Franchise RB, Franchise player, but never franchise corner. You know why I’ve never heard it – because there’s no such thing. You don’t build your franchise around a freaking CB! Too ridiculous for words.

  63. below me Says:

    ok draft gurus…so you think you know? you don’t know. no one does. the one thing i do know, is that his college position coach is here and the bucs didn’t draft him. tells me all i need to know. know what i mean?

  64. Bulldog Says:

    What drivel.

    What couldn’t the Bucs do consistently?> stop the run
    What does a hard hitting safety do >? help stop the run

    What else did the bucs do badly? > gave up big passing plays
    What else is this kid known for ? > coverage skills

    What are 99% of buc fans ? > Media Sponges, they soak up and regurgitate articles whose sole intent is to get you to read them regardless of truth or facts.

    Solution? Actually watch some College football and come to your own conclusions.

    This young man will improve this team both in run defense and pass defense.
    He also comes from a superior program being run @ Bama = Natl.champs
    Mo would have been great but only in one facet of the game.

    That being said , I too would have loved to see a little more return on our trading back to #7, but if that is all I have to bitch about then it is a successful draft so far.
    Disclaimer: Just an opinion, if you feel suicidal please hang up and call 911