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Alex Barron, OT, Florida State
Height: 6:07.4 Weight: 320
Overview: Barron is a player blessed with that rare combination of size, speed and athleticism. He has an incredible wingspan that allows him to engulf defenders and exceptional balance setting up in pass protection. A standout offensive lineman at Wilkinson High, Barron was a consensus All-American who chose FSU over Notre Dame, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Georgia, after being the most highly sought lineman during the 2000 recruiting class. He was a Prep Star and Football News All-American selection and rated the third-best offensive lineman in the country by Prep Star. He was named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-South team selected Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Football Recruiting Guide South Carolina Player of the Year. Barron also excelled in basketball. Barron was granted a medical redshirt in 2000 after tearing his right knee anterior cruciate ligament during fall drills. He appeared in nine games in 2001, playing behind Brett Williams at left tackle, but missed three contests with broken bones in both hands. Barron made his first collegiate start against Virginia in 2002, while also starting against Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame and Florida, playing a big role in helping the offense gain 2,618 rushing yards, the fourth most yards gained in FSU history. He started the first twelve games at split tackle in 2003, but a right shoulder injury would force him out of the lineup against Miami in the Orange Bowl. He underwent surgery on the shoulder after that season, sitting out 2004 spring drills. Barron would earn consensus All-American first-team honors as a senior. He started every game at split tackle and averaged eight knockdowns per game. He was also one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy.
Analysis: Positives... Has a massive frame, good quickness and incredibly long arms. ... Does a very good job of playing on his feet, displaying the lateral agility to sustain blocks when working in the ground game. ... As a pass blocker, he shows awareness and the feet to get out and cut off, readjusting smoothly when asked to work in-line. ... Able to gain position when working in-line and reach the second level with his initial quickness off the ball. ... Has exceptional balance and plays well on his feet, showing the lateral agility to adjust and sustain blocks. ... Has the quickness to pick up blocks working in space. ... His balance and wingspan allow him to readjust, mirror and sustain when working off the edge. ... Knows how to use his long arms to separate and sustain. ... Has the foot agility to slide and cut off the blitzers on the corner. ... Able to locate and pick up defensive schemes. ... Has a wide base that allows him to maintain balance when attempting to lock on and control. ... His hand usage allows him to prevent defenders from getting into his body, as he is quick to lock on and control. ... In the passing game, he uses his body well to gain position and has the foot agility to adjust and refit. ... Shows good body control and will sit and let the action come to him. ... Displays good field awareness, as he sees the stunts and games along the line of scrimmage. ... Athletic enough to ride most action wide of the pocket and will make a good effort to recover when beaten. ... Has a 7'6" wingspan.
Negatives... Has narrow shoulders and chest with some thickness in his thighs and hips. ... Needs guidance and structure and lacks that aggressive nature you want in a quality left tackle. ... Just a marginal worker who will do what the coaches ask, but is not the one who will push himself or do the little extras (needs mentoring). ... Shows tremendously good hand usage, especially on reach blocks, but when he gets high in his stance, he can be pushed back on his heels by the quicker defenders. ... Has the upper body power and positioning skills to wall off and sustain, but will overextend at times when isolated off the edge (possibly the worst game of his career came against North Carolina State in 2004, as 265-pound DE Mario Williams was credited with two sacks and five stops for losses). ... For all of his ability, he seems to go through the motions too much, drawing comparisons to Washington's Chris Samuels, a player that can excite and frustrate you from one play to the next. ... Needs to dedicate himself in the weight room, as he must improve his lower leg power in order to handle the bull rush at the pro level. ... Will give good effort, but does not really have that fire in his belly needed to finish. ... Active with his hands, but needs to generate more force behind his punch (more of a grabber). ... Relies a lot on his long arms to keep defenders off his chest, but he fails to drop his hips and lower his stance, causing a few of the quicker defenders to slip off his blocks (see 2004 North Carolina State and Miami games). ... If he can add lower body power and develop a more aggressive nature, he will be an established pro before long, but he has yet to develop the dominance and nasty attitude you look for in a player of his awesome athletic ability. ... Lacks ideal hip explosion needed to move defenders off the line, relying on his upper body strength wall off and hold open the running lanes. ... In the running game, he needs to play at a lower pad level to be effective, as his size and lack of explosion limits his ability to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage. ... Needs to get better leverage and more power in his game. ... Being so tall he will miss with his punch and shoot his hands too high, as this allows the smaller defensive ends to sometimes get under his pads and push the pocket.
Agility tests: NOTE: On Pro Day, FSU players ran outdoors on a very, very fast rubber Tartan track. Many players ran their 40s with shoes that had nubs, which helps get better traction and lends to faster times...4.86 in the 40-yard dash...395-pound bench press...Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times...523-pound squat...296-pound power clean...38-inch vertical jump...4.62 20-yard shuttle...Right-handed...Wears contacts...17/28 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: Player chose to not participate in most agility tests...4.56 20-yard shuttle...7.83 three-cone drill...35.5-inch vertical jump...9'4" broad jump...37 -inch arm length...10 -inch hands...19 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Wilkerson (Orangeburg, S.C.) High School, playing football for coach Tommy Brown...Prep Star and Football News All-American...Rated the third-best offensive lineman in the country by Prep Star...Named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-South team... selected Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Football Recruiting Guide South Carolina Player of the Year...Also excelled in basketball.
Personal: Social Science major...Born 9/28/82...Resides in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
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