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Friday, April 15, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Time for a quick stroll through the NFC South headlines.

Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent worked out for the Falcons on Thursday. He previously made a visit to the Buccaneers.

Southern California offensive tackle Tyron Smith visited with the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Tampa Tribune columnist Joe Henderson is critical of the Bucs traveling to London again this season. He writes that he hopes this isn’t a response to last year’s sea of empty seats at Raymond James Stadium. That’s exactly what it is. The Bucs have said season-ticket sales have been going strong this offseason. But when your season ticket base was probably somewhere in the low 30,000s last season, that leaves a lot of tickets to be sold. And they’d end up being sold to Chicago fans, who would take over the stadium and cause an embarrassing scene like the Pittsburgh game last year.

Pro Football Weekly has a look at the top 21 Wonderlic test scores among draft prospects. Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy tops the list.

D. Orlando Ledbetter has his latest mock draft and he has the Falcons taking Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph at No. 27. Makes some sense. Although most experts see the Falcons taking a defensive end or wide receiver, I’m not seeing one there I really like as Ledbetter’s draft shakes out. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Falcons take Rudolph as the heir apparent to Tony Gonzalez.

Draft experts say it’s unlikely the Carolina Panthers will trade the No. 1 pick in the draft. That’s largely because no other team seems willing to trade up.