Mark Barron
Mark Barron
30-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Steelers signed the free agent to a two-year deal during the offseason hoping he can help fill the void at inside linebacker left with the spinal injury suffered by Ryan Shazier two seasons ago. With 96.6 tackles per 16 games played in his career, Barron could be a valuable IDP if he can avoid the injury bug this coming season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Steelers in March of 2019.
Comes up big in win
LBPittsburgh Steelers
December 8, 2019
Barron totaled seven tackles (six solo) including a sack in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The seven tackles led the defense and were the most Barron has had in a game since Week 10. The sack was just his third this season but his second in the past three games. A win in Week 15 would allow Pittsburgh to swap places with Buffalo and move-up to the fifth seed in the AFC playoff picture.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Pittsburgh SteelersSteelers 2019 LB Snap Distribution See more data like this
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834
245
777
213
742
187
669
201
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103
29
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2019 Mark Barron Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do Mark Barron's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
230 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
33.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A late-season Achilles injury prevented Barron from logging a third straight 100-tackle campaign, but he could bounce back in a big way in 2018 while playing behind reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and three-time first-team All-Pro Ndamukong Suh. Combined with 2012 first-rounder Michael Brockers, this group is likely the most talented defensive line in football and Barron could benefit from the attention they will command. In fact, it's not unreasonable to think the Alabama product could have a career year. A return to the top-20 linebackers is likely in most IDP formats.
Once a bust as a top-10 pick at safety, Barron has revitalized his career as a linebacker after a trade to the Rams. While his backgroud as a defensive back hasn't yielded any standout interception production -- his two last year were his first two as a Ram -- breezing past the 110-tackle mark the last two years made Barron a sound IDP investment. Under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the hope is that the playmaking stats -- sacks and interceptions -- might start to make more of a showing in Barron's box score. He certainly has the necessary athleticism.
Barron loses his safety eligibility after making the formal shift to linebacker for the Rams, but he's still poised to provide sound IDP utility in 2016. The departure of James Laurinaitis assures a three-down role for Barron, whose range as a former defensive back makes him an intriguing playmaker threat in a high-pressure Rams defense. After logging 116 tackles (79 solo) in 920 snaps last year, Barron is a candidate to see his play count surpass 1,000 and therefore see his tackle total exceed 130 in his second season at linebacker.
Barron may provide some depth at safety, as he had 23 tackles and a sack in nine games with the Rams last season. However, St. Louis has a lot of young guns at the safety position, so Barron will have to ward off some competition in training camp. If he makes the team, he should see some situational time, especially when the Rams blitz.
Barron had nearly identical numbers in his first two years in the league, posting 88 tackles in each instance while intercepting one pass in 2012 and two a year ago. The good news for his prospective IDP owners is that he posted the 2013 numbers while playing just 14 games, meaning he showed improved per-game production. If you project Barron's 2013 numbers over 16 games, you end up with roughly 101 tackles. Between that fact and the arrival of Lovie Smith, the coach who helped turn safeties like Adam Archuleta and Michael Green into triple-digit tacklers, Barron has a good chance to approach or exceed 100 tackles in 2014. The Buccaneers signed former Chicago safety Major Wright in free agency, but Wright was likely added to compete with the disappointing Dashon Goldson rather than Barron.
The seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft, Barron earned a full-time role off the bat for the Buccaneers, and he did a reasonable job as a rookie. But he had just one interception, forced only one fumble and occupied a prominent role in the league's lowest-ranked pass defense. Barron will be expected to improve in 2013, both in the box score and on the real field, particularly with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton on the docket twice each this year. At the very least, Barron's tackle count should be a reliable source of points.
It’s risky to rank a rookie this high, but Barron looks set to deliver in 2012. The below-average Sean Jones totaled 92 tackles (76 solo) as Tampa Bay’s starting strong safety in 2011, and Barron should be an immediate and significant upgrade. With a strong safety skill set but free safety athleticism, Barron will be a three-down player for the Buccaneers, and the Tampa secondary should see a lot of tackle opportunities both due to a potentially weak front four and divisional opponents that throw the ball with great frequency. Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton attempted the second, seventh and 13th-most passes in the league last year, respectively, meaning the ball will be in Barron’s region often. With a big wingspan (33 5/8-inch arms) and the ability to make plays on the ball (12 interceptions in his final three years at Alabama), Barron should pull in a few interceptions to complement his tackle production.
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Rare sack in win
LBPittsburgh Steelers
November 24, 2019
Barron totaled six tackles (two solo) including a sack in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.
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Leads team in tackles
LBPittsburgh Steelers
November 11, 2019
Barron had a team-high 10 tackles (all solo) in Sunday's 17-12 win over the Rams.
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Ready for MNF
LBPittsburgh Steelers
October 28, 2019
Barron (hamstring) is officially active for Monday's game against the Dolphins, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Questionable for MNF
LBPittsburgh Steelers
Hamstring
October 26, 2019
Barron (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Dolphins.
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Held back in practice
LBPittsburgh Steelers
Hamstring
October 25, 2019
Barron (hamstring) was limited during Friday's practice, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.
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