Around the NFC South

April, 4, 2011
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Let's take a look at some headlines from around the NFC South.

Rick Stroud traveled to Garland, Texas, to look into the recent incident involving Aqib Talib and wrote a detailed story about the troubled history of the Tampa Bay cornerback.

We’ve known this was coming for a while, but Auburn’s Cam Newton is making his private visit to the Carolina Panthers. He’ll be in Charlotte on Thursday. You could call this a final hurdle for Newton who has had his background and character questioned by the media and fans. But I don’t think his background or character remain questions in the eyes of the Panthers. I think they’re fine with that side of Newton and this is just one of their final acts of due diligence on the quarterback and they’re in the process of doing the same thing with some other prospects.

In its review of the Saints’ 2010 season, The New York Times has some pretty critical words for New Orleans' offensive line. Guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks are fine, but there are weak spots everywhere else, the report says.

D. Orlando Ledbetter has his latest mock draft up and he has the Falcons taking defensive end Cameron Heyward at No. 27. I like the pick. Ledbetter also projects each of Atlanta’s picks and he’s got Troy receiver Jerrel Jernigan joining the Falcons in the second round. That goes along with everything I’m hearing. It’s pretty well known in league circles that the Falcons are very interested in Jernigan. One potential problem, though, is a lot of other teams are interested in Jernigan.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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