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Ex-Buc Mark Barron makes impact with Rams

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, left, throws under pressure from St. Louis Rams strong safety Mark Barron during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) MOJR106

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, left, throws under pressure from St. Louis Rams strong safety Mark Barron during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) MOJR106

A year after the Bucs traded him away, former first-round pick Mark Barron leads the Rams with 95 total tackles, and the safety is being used more as a linebacker, with 13 tackles for loss on frequent blitzes.

The Bucs got fourth- and sixth-round picks for Barron in October 2014, and while the sixth-rounder turned into WR Kaelin Clay, waived in preseason and now with the Ravens, the fourth-rounder helped the Bucs get a pair of rookie starters in Ali Marpet and Kwon Alexander.

When the Bucs moved up four spots in the second round to get Marpet, they traded the Barron fourth-rounder (109th overall) to the Colts in exchange for the 128th pick. They paired that pick with a seventh-rounder to move up four spots with the Raiders to grab Alexander, who started the first 12 games at middle linebacker and has been one of the bigger steals in the entire draft.

Ex-Buc Mark Barron makes impact with Rams 12/17/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 3:58pm]
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