Around the NFC South


As we wait for the NFL draft to resume at noon ET, let's take a run through some headlines from around the NFC South.

— Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said he believes Nebraska’s Lavonte David can play any of the three linebacker positions. But Schiano admitted he plans to use David on the outside. Go ahead and pencil him as the starter at one outside position because the Bucs didn’t trade back into the second round to have David spend his rookie season on the bench. His arrival probably means second-year pro Mason Foster will stay in the middle and Quincy Black, Adam Hayward and the rest of the linebackers on the roster will compete for the other starting job on the outside.

— Boise State running back Doug Martin, who the Bucs traded back into the first round to get, has a great nickname. His college teammates dubbed him "The Muscle Hamster." It’s pretty simple -- Martin is short, but muscular and he’s going to be running a lot. I like what the Bucs are doing. They’re adding character guys with personality. That’s great because this franchise really hasn’t had much personality in recent years.

— Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks talks about the long, strange journey that took him from a junior college in California to a brief stay at LSU to two years of playing in Canadia and back to Louisiana as the Saints draft him in the third round.

— Although he grew up in the heart of Green Bay Packers territory, Wisconsin center Peter Konz made a confession Friday night. He’s always been a fan of the Atlanta Falcons. That’s a plus because the Falcons drafted him in the second round Friday night.

— Scott Fowler writes that the Panthers need to add some defensive players in what remains of the draft. They did get linebacker Luke Kuechly in the first round, but they went with offensive lineman Amini Silatolu in the second round. Although some experts say Silatolu will take time to develop, the Panthers say he’ll have a chance to compete for a starting guard job this year. Fine, he may turn out to be something good, but the Panthers still need more depth on defense and they need to address that throughout the rest of the draft.