We continue our list of the top 15 Buccaneers with No. 8:
Mark Barron, strong safety
What he did in 2013: Barron started 14 games and had 88 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. The previous coaching staff and front office felt Barron had a Pro Bowl year, but was overlooked due to the team’s record.
Why he’s No. 8 in 2014: I don’t think Barron had a Pro Bowl season last year, but I think he can get to that level going forward. He has all the physical tools and shows good instincts at times. Barron should benefit as much as anyone from coach Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 defense. Back in Tampa Bay’s glory days, John Lynch was the strong safety and a Pro Bowl regular. Barron could end up being the second coming of Lynch.