2012 NFL Draft: Bills Reportedly Very High on Mark Barron at Pick 10

Field Yates@FieldYatesCorrespondent IIIApril 24, 2012

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Mark Barron #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Add another name to the list of potential players for the Buffalo Bills to consider with the tenth overall pick in upcoming NFL draft: Mark Barron, a standout safety from Alabama.

That news comes from a report from WGR 550 Sports Radio in Buffalo, and it states that a league source has said that the Bills are "extremely interested" in Barron, who started every game during his final three seasons with the Crimson Tide.

The report also declares that the Bills are keen on South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, each of whom would fill a need for the Buffalo defense.

Throughout the pre-draft discussions, a number of players have been associated with the Bills tenth overall selection, including offensive tackle Riley Reiff from Iowa and wide receiver Michael Floyd from Notre Dame.

The Bills most pressing need after a busy offseason remains left tackle, after losing Demetress Bell to Philadelphia via free agency. While the Bills would likely love to draft USC left tackle Matt Kalil, widely regarded as a franchise-level blindside protector, it is unlikely that he will be available by the time they make their pick.

Should Barron in fact be Buffalo's selection, the Bills would have a safety collection that would also include Jairus Byrd, George Wilson, Bryan Scott.

As the NFL continues to skew towards more of a passing league, it's never a bad thing to have players in the secondary who can effectively cover and play in space. Barron can do both of those things.

Barron, who checked in at 6'1" and 213 pounds at the NFL Combine in February, finished his college career with 237 total tackles, 12 interceptions, five sacks, 22 pass breakups, and 34 passes defended.