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Alex Barron OT 6’6 308 Florida St.
By: Robert Davis

During his junior season, Alex Barron racked up numerous accolades, including various 1st team All-American lists, and All ACC recognition. He entered his senior year as one of the top offensive line prospects in the country.

Alex Barron has a great offensive lineman frame. He is tall, with very long arms, and is lanky, which shows room for growth potential. He is a very good athlete, displaying very good agility in pass protection. He slides well in either direction, and can adjust on the move. His long arms also allow him to lock on to the defender and keep them from getting under his pads. Florida St. often rotates their tackles during games, so Barron has experience on both sides of the line.

Barron needs a lot of work on his game, however. He needs a complete overhaul in his run blocking game. He doesn’t play with much strength or aggression when asked to run block. While his lean frame is a plus because he can get bigger and stronger without losing any quickness, it can also hurts him right now. He can be pushed around by college lineman, so it is something he is really going to have to address before he lines up in the NFL. Barron has also had a couple injuries during his time at Florida St. He redshirted his freshman season because of a knee injury, and missed time during his redshirt freshman season to a broken hand. He also sat out spring practice following his junior season because of shoulder surgery. Perhaps that is part of his problems with run blocking because shoulder injuries can have lingering effects. That is definitely something he’s going to have to have checked out prior to the draft.

Alex Barron is a very good tackle prospect that has a great deal of upside. He has the natural gifts you look for in a tackle, and the athleticism you cannot teach. With a little time, Barron could be a very good NFL left tackle. He looks like Kenyatta Walker when he left Florida a few years back, though he is a better pass blocker than Walker was. I wouldn’t call Barron an elite prospect, but his upside may be as high as anyone’s in the draft. He should be a first round pick, and could very well hear his name called in the Top 20, with an outside shot at the Top 10.

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