2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mark Barron Joins Chargers Secondary

With the 18th pick in SB Nation's 2012 NFL mock draft, the San Diego Chargers select Alabama S Mark Barron.

Won't find any arguments from me. Assuming he's healthy, this is a solid pick at a position that isn't necessarily a major need but could be upgraded. San Diego quickly has one of the better safety tandems in the league with this pick.

SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue explains the pick:

The plan with this pick after all the free agency moves was to go best player available. Mark Barron is that guy. The scouts over at Bolts From The Blue have been watching Barron closely since the beginning of the 2010 season. He's shown himself to a be a good playmaker, great at diagnosing plays and very good in run support. The Chargers have a prospect in Darrell Stuckey ready to take over the SS position, but Barron is a better talent. The Chargers need a player like that playing next to Pro Bowler Eric Weddle and helping out their corners who got exposed at times last year. One of the team's top priorities for the offseason was fixing their defense so that they are no longer last in the league on 3rd downs. This is a step in that direction.

For more analysis of the pick, visit Mocking The Draft. SB Nation's Bears blog, Windy City Gridiron, are on the clock with the 19th pick.

Mark Barron 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)

For more on the Chargers, visit Bolts From The Blue. And click here to follow along the rest of SB Nation's NFL mock draft.

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