ILB Mark Barron - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 213Born: 10-27-1989College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 7 (2012)

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Summary

With the addition of Barron in free agency and the drafting of Devin Bush in round one, what was a thin and needy position for the Steelers last season suddenly becomes a little crowded. The team seems intent upon inserting Bush as a three down centerpiece. That leaves Barron and incumbent Vince Williams to contend for the other inside linebacker spot. Williams is bigger and more physical as a run defender while Barron, as a converted safety, offers better coverage skills. Both players have experience as three down starters so there are three potential outcomes. The Steelers have kept both inside backers on the field full time in years past, so either Barron or Williams could play full time. What seems more likely however, is Williams seeing situational snaps on early downs with Barron coming on in nickel situations. This is something we will be watching closely all summer and into the preseason. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

ILB Redraft - 68, 55
ILB Dynasty - 48, 41, 57

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2016 LA 16.0 89.0 27.0 1 0.0 1.0 2.0 8.0 0.0
2017 LAR 14.0 72.0 13.0 1 0.0 0.0 3.0 4.0 0.0
2018 LAR 12.0 44.0 17.0 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
2019 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 34.0 * * * * * * *
2019 PROJ-Norton 16.0 52.0 * * * * * * *

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