It was reported this morning by Joe Everett that the top safety in the 2012 NFL Draft, Mark Barron, has suffered a double sports hernia and will be out till July or August. That certainly isn’t good for his draft stock. Barron had previously been a mid to late first round pick but could see himself fall to the mid-second round area after this injury.
He’ll miss out on the Combine and Pro Days, both of which are really important to a players draft stock. He still has all his previous years of play to support him but teams will be looking for starters in the first round and Barron will miss most of training camp with his injury. He could still possibly start come game one, but he’ll still be behind most of the other players in terms of conditioning, among other things.
In my first mock draft I had the Titans taking Barron with their first round pick. Scratch that. He’ll be a second rounder and could possible fall to the Titans at 52, though I wouldn’t hold my breath. There are a lot of safety hungry teams before the Titans, but you never know. Akeem Ayers wasn’t supposed to drop to the Titans in the second round last year, but look what happened.
The Titans can now use that first pick to focus on a DE, LB or OL.
What do you think? Will Mark Barron fall to the Titans in the second round after his injury?
Barron has had his hernia surgically repaired and is planning on showing up for his Pro Day.