After leading the SEC with seven interceptions in 2009, Mark Barron (6'2", 210 pounds) was named to the 2010 preseason Jim Thorpe watch list. But the numbers were not the same, as Barron and the Crimson Tide secondary lacked experience and depth in replacing numerous starters.
Barron had a down year in 2010, ending the season with a pectoral injury vs. Auburn and finishing with only three interceptions. Coming back from a torso injury, fans expect Barron to once again lead the defensive explosion in Nick Saban’s complex defensive scheme.
With a great physical build, Barron can not only play safety but also man an outside linebacker position in several Saban packages.
If Barron continues to provide excellent run support, expect his already first-round draft stock to improve en route to an SEC championship.
This short slideshow will give a rundown of the best defensive players in the Southeastern Conference.