The rumor mill, at least as it pertains to the NFC South, has turned quiet as the NFL draft approaches.
That’s probably because teams are in the bunker and don’t have time to chat with the media. Besides, if there are any trades involving NFC South teams, I don’t think they really will percolate until the draft is well underway.
And I think we can forget about the Panthers and Saints trading up. They’re short on picks and don’t have the resources to move up. If anything, they might try to move down and add an extra pick or two.
The Falcons and the Buccaneers are the only NFC South teams that I can see trading up. Last week, there were some rumblings that the Falcons were looking to trade up. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do, because general manager Thomas Dimitroff has done it before.
But there is no sense in the Falcons trading up until the draft starts unfolding. If they think they can get Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner by trading up, they might make a big leap. They also could make a smaller leap to try to get Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
Tampa Bay traded its first-round pick (No. 13 overall) to the New York Jets in the Darrelle Revis trade. But general manager Mark Dominik has said it’s at least possible the Bucs could attempt to trade back into the first round.
As we wait, here’s a trade value chart for you to ponder. The charts the teams use vary, but this one at least gives you a pretty good overview.
And, if you want some more reading material, here’s Mel Kiper Jr.'s final Insider mock draft.