College: Florida State
Birthday: September 28, 1982
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden feels that Alex Barron could become the best offensive tackle that he has ever coached, which is high praise considering that tackles Walter Jones (the sixth pick in the 1997 draft) and Tra Thomas (eleventh in 1998) also played under Bowden. Barron is very light on his feet for a big man, and has ideal size and the long arms to lock out defensive linemen.
Barron saw his first action during his redshirt freshman year as an injury replacement for All-American Brett Williams at split tackle. The next season he worked in a rotation at both tackle spots with starters Williams and Barron’s highly regarded classmate Ray Willis. Barron became the starter at split tackle, which has him lining up mainly on the left side, as a junior.
Barron has been plagued by injury problems throughout his college career – he redshirted after injuring his knee in the 2000 preseason, broke a bone in his hand in 2001, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the spring of 2003, and missed the Seminoles’ last spring practice with shoulder surgery. In addition to his durability problems, Barron could stand to get stronger.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca)
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