Mark Barron is the consensus No. 1 safety in the 2012 NFL draft, it really isn't even that close. Some would argue this doesn't matter all too much considering that the safety class is extremely weak this season.
That is only true if you take the former Alabama star out of the equation.
He has everything teams look for in regards to a top-tier strong safety at the next level. Barron isn't just stout in the box against the run, he will surprise you a great deal in regards to coverage ability on the outside.
This is something that some scouts don't fully understand. Most elite NFL safeties struggle going up against wide receivers on the outside—that really isn't their job description. The same will ring true with Barron. However, he will be pretty solid covering tight ends and running backs between the hashes.
With that said, Barron is going to make his mark in the NFL as a run-stuffing safety hitting the box from the strong side.
This article is going to focus on five reasons why the talented safety is going to be a successful NFL player.