As the rest of us count down the hours until the NFL draft, I thought it might be interesting to take a glance around the NFC South for some people who might not be as anxious. I came up with a list of five guys who might be a little nervous about the draft.
Chris Hovan: The Tampa Bay defensive tackle is a nice guy and, earlier in his career, was a good player. But I thought Hovan started looking washed up when he got destroyed in a loss at Carolina late in the 2008 season. The Bucs haven’t replaced him yet, but there’s a very good chance Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy will be at One Buccaneer Place by Friday morning.
Bobby McCray: People talk about McCray being New Orleans’ pass-rush specialist. Ironic, because he wasn’t exactly a sack machine last year. He also is making a lot of money. With the Saints already signing Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson, another defensive end in the draft could be a signal McCray’s on his way out the door.
Dwayne Jarrett: The Carolina receiver has been given multiple chances to show he can be a starter in this league. He hasn’t taken advantage of them. Maybe, for the first time in a long time, the Panthers will draft a receiver with the ability to contribute immediately. That would put him a step ahead of Jarrett.
Jamaal Anderson: It’s somewhat surprising Anderson still is on Atlanta’s roster after three years of doing almost nothing as a defensive end. He got some work at defensive tackle last year and was functional. But Atlanta’s going to be looking for pass rushers in this draft and Anderson might not make it past training camp.
Marty Hurney: If you’ve ever been around the Carolina general manager, you know that patience isn’t one of his virtues. In fact, when he gets nervous, Hurney turns very red. With only the first round getting done Thursday night and Hurney having to wait until late Friday night to make his first pick, he might be turning shades of red we’ve never seen before. John Fox might want to keep a fire extinguisher handy in case he needs to cool down his buddy as they wait for what might be their most important draft ever.