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Around the NFC South

Time for a look at some news and notes from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

D. Orlando Ledbetter throws out the possibility of the Falcons taking South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore in the second round of the draft. Lattimore is a great talent. But he’s coming off a knee injury that might prevent him from being much of a factor in 2013. I don’t think the Falcons are in a position where they can afford to redshirt a running back. They need an immediate impact at that position and there should be other running backs available in the second or third round.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

The team took another step forward in its attempt to get financing for renovations at Bank of America Stadium. The Charlotte Chamber threw its support behind the plan and asked the North Carolina General Assembly to make a quick decision on if it will raise food and beverage taxes to pay for the upgrades. Charlotte City Council already has agreed to pitch in $144 million, but that’s contingent upon the state throwing in $62.5 million.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Draft analyst Mike Mayock mentions LSU’s Barkevious Mingo and Oregon’s Dion Jordan as possibilities for the Saints with the No. 15 overall pick. They both are guys who could play outside linebacker in the 3-4 system that new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be running. I could also see the Saints going with a defensive tackle with that pick.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

An official at Tampa International Airport said authorities there would have tried to help defensive end Da’Quan Bowers properly transport his gun if notified. But Bowers was in New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday when he told airline officials he was carrying a gun and ended up getting arrested. New York has stringent gun laws and it’s a criminal offense to carry a registered weapon outside your home or place of business. All indications are that Bowers didn’t have any bad intentions, but it still is possible he could face prison time.