Rams Trade For Safety Mark Barron
The St. Louis Rams have long had some issues with their pass defense. Their key problems have mainly been at safety. Hopefully that no longer has to continue being an issue.
The team has reportedly taken a tab at improving their young secondary, as the Rams have finalized a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will bring safety Mark Barron to St. Louis.
The #7 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft wasn’t shaping up to be a total bust, but had only flashed his ability through two years. With new head coach Lovie Smith inheriting Barron, the Bucs opted to move on and get what they could for a player they clearly deemed to be overrated internally.
One man’s trash can become another’s treasure, though, as the Rams have had safety issues for a while now and Barron certainly isn’t lacking for talent. The big knock on Barron to this point has been a lack of big plays, despite being a bit of a turnover producer coming out of Alabama.
Part of that has been his surroundings, while a lot of it has had to do with Barron not exactly being the best in coverage. Barron needs the ability to be freed up to make plays, though, and to this point no one coaching him in Tampa Bay has allowed him to be aggressive enough to make a difference.
He’ll definitely have a shot at turning things around with the Rams, however. St. Louis should insert him into the starting lineup as soon as he gets the playbook down, while aggressive defensive coordinator Gregg Williams won’t hold back on getting Barron moved around the field to make big hits and in position to create turnovers.
There’s no guarantee it works out, but Barron is just 25 years old and has a lot of talent and upside. Naturally, if Barron adapts well to St. Louis and the Rams can enhance their play in the secondary, the defense as a whole should improve and it could help the Rams win a few games as the season wears on. It was a no-brainer move for the struggling Rams, who gave up just a fourth and sixth round draft pick to land the former Crimson Tide safety.
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