Buccaneers 2012 Draft Picks: Tampa Bay selects Mark Barron

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 08: Mark Barron #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks up a pass intended for Jonathan Krause #17 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have decided to address their safety position by selecting Mark Barron with the seventh overall pick. After trading down with the Jacksonville Jaguars for an extra fourth-round pick, the Bucs have addressed their defense. Safety was a massive need for the Bucs and arguably the worst unit for the team during the 2011 season.

Mark Barron out of Alabama is a strong safety who can do everything the Bucs would ask of him. His strength may lie in the run game, but he's surprisingly good at covering tight ends and slot receivesr in man coverage, giving the Bucs a lot of versatility on defense. Selecting Barron fills a major need on defense with an outstanding player.

Stay with us for the rest of the first round, as the day isn't over yet. While the Bucs have no first-round picks left, they could trade back. We'll have more analysis on the Bucs and the first round as we go forward, while we will also preview the rest of the draft.

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