- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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As always, lots of great questions and we covered lots of ground in Friday’s NFC South chat. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.
Greg (Watertown): You gave the Kittens the best overall draft grade, saying - effectively - there are still questions about Bowers and what the Falcons gave up to get Jones. How are there not still a ton of questions about Newton? And why has a new regime with a first time head coach and a GM who drafted Clausen get the "benefit of the doubt"?
Pat Yasinskas: I said there are questions about every draft pick. You can't judge a draft until at least 2 years down the road. My point was, let's go on the assumption that all these guys turn out to be what the teams think they can be. In that situation, Carolina wins because they got a franchise QB. ATL won 2008 draft because they got Ryan. TB won 2009 because they got Freeman. If you do indeed get a franchise QB, that's huge.
Justin (Atlanta): Is Ray Edwards the guy in FA for the Falcons or are there other "big" names you see the Falcons possibly making a run at?
Pat Yasinskas: Think he'd be at top of list. Carolina's Charles Johnson could be possibility depending on rules of free agency. But he's probably going to be restricted free agent with the highest tender on him, so that could eliminate him. Then again, the draft shows the Falcons are going for it, so I wouldn't rule anything out.
Jasper (Comanche Station): Pat, I want to buy a Bush jersey. Will I have to wait until the lockout is lifted to know for what team he will play?
Pat Yasinskas: I still think he stays in New Orleans. Just my best guess.
Joe (Atlanta): Hey Pat, the Atlanta Falcons now have Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers, Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez heading their offense. Is this even fair for the rest of the NFC South?
Pat Yasinskas: Pretty impressive collection, no doubt. But I think your friends in New Orleans and Tampa Bay might put up a bit of an argument.
James R (Atlanta): Do you think Arthur Blank appreciates Thomas Dimitroff putting him back into the single digits?
Pat Yasinskas: Great line! In this case, I think Blank might have encouraged TD to get back into single digits.
Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s chat.