Safety First: Barron Makes Franchise History
Before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Alabama safety Mark Barron’s name at the podium inside Radio City Music Hall Thursday night, there had only been nine other selected in the top 10 picks of the NFL Draft in the past two decades. Only four of them had gone earlier than Barron did at number seven overall.
Further adding to the rarity of Barron’s selection is the fact that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had never taken in a safety in Round One of an NFL Draft despite conducting 37 previous first rounds. The card they turned in to the commissioner early Thursday night (displayed above) is certainly a one-of-a-kind in franchise annals.
The Bucs’ first-ever first-round safety? One of only a small group of safeties to be taken in the top 10 in more than 20 years? No pressure, right?
Well, if anyone can handle such scrutiny, it’s the iron-willed Barron.
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