Been a rough few days for Raiders tackle Alex Barron. On Friday, Barron, the apparent successor to the injured Jared Veldheer at left tackle, had an ugly debut in his new role against the Saints that left much doubt as to whether he could be relied upon while also further complicating the Raiders’ o-line woes. So where does this get worse for Barron?
Enter ex-Rams GM Billy Devaney, who on ESPN on Monday delivered this insightful scouting report of Barron to explain the former first-round pick’s untapped potential:
“He does not like anything about the game except getting paid,” Devaney said.
Burned. That’s perhaps the ultimate diss to an athlete. Questioning their effort/motivation/work ethic. What makes it so forceful is that Barron hasn’t really done anything in his career to disprove that opinion. Despite enviable size and potential, he has had a pedestrian NFL career in everything that isn’t committing false starts and holding penalties. Devaney wasn’t with the Rams when they selected Barron 19th overall in 2005. But I guess now we have the reason why Devaney traded him to the Cowboys in 2010, the last time Barron played in an NFL game.
Barron can still prove Devaney wrong. He’ll have more than enough chances so long as he’s the starting left tackle and Menelik Watson doesn’t take his job. But, yikes. He still got KTFO’ed.