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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Alex Barron

Height: 6-8 | Weight: 318 | College: Florida State
 
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Overview

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.

2004 Season

All-American first-team selection by the Football Writers Association, Walter Camp, Associated Press, and College Football News … All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team choice … Started twelve games at split tackle, coming off the bench vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl … Filled the role of departed All-American Brett Williams, helping the Seminole passing offense rack up 3,409 yards through the air … Also blocked for a group of running backs that averaged 4.6 yards per carry … Part of an offensive line that allowed only 25 quarterback sacks … Credited with giving up seven pressures and 3.5 sacks.

2003 GAME Analysis

North Carolina … Opened the season with six knockdowns and drove defensive tackle Donti Coats into the end zone with QB Chris Rix following on a 1-yard touchdown run as the Seminoles gained 553 yards.

Maryland … Picked up the blitz, knocking down linebacker Leon Joe as Rix rolled left to find Craphonso Thorpe with an 18-yard touchdown strike … The team would account for 427 yards.

Colorado … Executed a chop block on linebacker Sean Tufts, killing the blitz and giving Rix protection as he uncorked a 37-yard touchdown pass to Thorpe while the team totaled 458 aerial yards.

Duke … Shoved defensive tackle Matt Zielinski to the ground to clear a rush lane used by tailback Greg Jones for a 2-yard scoring run as FSU totaled 424 yards.

Miami … Had his worst game of the season, as he allowed two pressures, six tackles and a 3-yard sack by defensive end Baraka Atkins.

North Carolina State … In a wild double overtime 50-44 victory that saw both offense piled up 1,039 yards, Alex made seven knockdowns and made a key block up field on linebacker Pat Thomas that cleared away the final obstacle on a 71-yard touchdown jaunt by Lorenzo Booker as FSU amassed 272 yards on the ground.

2003 Season

Started five games while appearing in all fourteen as a backup to two-time All-ACC split tackle Brett Williams … Made his first collegiate start against Virginia, while also starting against Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame and Florida … Played a big role in helping the offense gain 2,618 rushing yards, the fourth most yards gained in FSU history.

2002 Season

Saw action in four games … Would have started the final two games after ACC Blocking Trophy winner Brett Williams went down with a knee injury in the North Carolina State game, but missed both games after breaking his hand in practice … Graded at a season-high 82% in the Seminoles' win over Virginia … Never graded out below 73% in any game … Credited with five intimidations (knockdowns) and two key blocks on the season … Missed the final three games with a left hand fracture.

2001 Season

Redshirted due to a knee injury he suffered during preseason workouts.

Injury Report

2000: Granted a medical redshirt after undergoing surgery in August to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

2001: Missed the Florida and Georgia Tech games after fracturing his right hand in practice … Sat out the Virginia Tech contest when he then fractured his left hand in practice.

2004: Did not start vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl (1/01/04) and underwent surgery (1/15) on his right shoulder (Bristow process) after the game.

Track

Social Science major … Born 9/28/82 … Resides in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

High School

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.

Personal

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.

 
 

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