Second Year — Mark Barron, S
It was really, really tough for me to pick a player from the Bucs’ class of 2012 for this spot. Lavonte David–the team’s second round pick–had 139 total tackles and 20 tackles for loss last season. If he hasn’t broken out already, I don’t quite know what breaking out is.
Doug Martin, the team’s starting running back and rookie of the year candidate had 1,454 yards rushing and 49 receptions as a rookie with 12 total touchdowns and five 100 yard rushing games. I think it’s safe to say that Martin is going to get better, but he’s already broken out.
That’s why I chose the Bucs’ top pick from last year’s draft, Mark Barron. Barron is a rangy safety who hits like a ton of bricks and can make plays all over the field. He had 89 tackles and just one interception as a rookie, and I think he can improve upon his INT numbers. Teams are going to stay away from Darrelle Revis for the most part, as well as Dashon Goldson. I think Barron has an opportunity here to cash in on some balls thrown his way and he can make his way to the Pro Bowl along with the other two stars in the Tampa Bay secondary.