Around the NFC South

May, 9, 2013
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Time for a run through the morning headlines from around the division:

ATLANTA FALCONS

General manager Thomas Dimitroff believes in drafting guys that were team captains in college because he thinks it brings leadership and character. Daniel Cox points out that six of the eight players drafted by Dimitroff this year were team captains in college. Since his arrival in 2008, Dimitroff has drafted 23 team captains. He’s not the only NFC South general manager to subscribe to this theory. Tampa Bay’s Mark Dominik also is a big believer in drafting captains.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Max Henson takes exception to the argument that Cam Newton isn’t an elite quarterback by pointing to stats from his first two seasons. Is Newton elite? I don’t think he has been yet, but I think he has the talent to get there.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Although it could mean direct competition for his starting spot, Roman Harper said he’s happy the Saints used their first-round pick on Kenny Vaccaro. I’m not sure exactly how they’re going to do it, but I think the Saints will juggle Harper, Vaccaro and Malcolm Jenkins enough to give all three safeties a good amount of playing time.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Martin Fennelly calls Ronde Barber’s interception return for a touchdown against Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game the biggest play in franchise history. No argument here. Although Barber officially will announce his retirement Thursday afternoon, that play is going to stay with Tampa Bay fans forever.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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