NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Mark Barron from Alabama arrives on the red carpet during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has been pumping out random rankings like nobody's business, and he came up with one featuring some Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so we have something to talk about. He pointed out two Bucs players who could be featured on the Top 100 NFL Players of 2013 list, which is sure to be made by the NFL Network next year.
Mark Barron, FS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Barron is by far the top safety in this draft class and should have an immediate impact on Tampa Bay's defense. He is a very physical run defender and has excellent instincts in coverage. The Alabama product can play up in the box or roam off the hash in Cover 2. I anticipate a high tackle total in 2012, as well as 4-5 interceptions.
I've been watching a lot of Mark Barron's college tape recently, and man is it fun to watch. He's physical, he flies around, he reads his keys well, he doesn't appear to ever be out of position and he has the speed and range to be an effective all-around safety. I expect the team to put Barron in position to make a lot of impact plays, and if he does that, he could easily be on that list.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: He's an ideal three-down back who should step right into the starting lineup in Tampa Bay.
The keywords here are "three-down back". The kind of running back who you put on the field, and then never take off. That leads to a high workload, which leads to big numbers, which leads to recognition - unless Martin sucks at his job. Of course, things aren't that simple and it remains to be seen how many snaps Martin will get. Legarrette Blount is sure to get some of the carries, and the more carries Blount gets, the fewer Martin gets, and the smaller his chances are of appearing on any top 100 list. But the team may be better served by having both Martin and Blount play a big role in their offense.