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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Let's take a quick trip through the NFC South headlines.

ESPN Stats & Information has some evidence that the spread offense that so many college quarterbacks operate in doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t have success in an NFL system.

Mel Kiper has his latest Insider Big Board out and LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson is at the top.

The agent for quarterback Ryan Mallett said his client was really sick during a recent draft visit to the Panthers. I know the rumors are flying on this one and you can address them in the comments section. But we can only write the known facts. The Panthers also said Mallett told them he was sick.

Here’s video of some of the Falcons working out together during the NFL lockout.

Atlanta safety William Moore was arrested on traffic charges. I’m sure the league and the Falcons will monitor this situation and discipline could be possible after the lockout. But, unlike Tampa Bay’s Aqib Tailb, Moore doesn’t a long history of problems, and the charges he faces don’t involve guns.

Stephen Holder wonders if the Bucs would take Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, who reportedly is tumbling on draft boards due to concerns about a knee injury. At No. 20, I think Bowers would have to be considered and the Bucs’ medical team better already have looked at all the information they have on his knee. This one isn't about a character question. It's purely a medical question.

You can listen to audio of former Carolina safety Mike Minter and me talking about the Panthers on Cat Crave Radio.

Pro Football Weekly writes the Panthers should have done a better job pumping up their interest in Cam Newton to help entice another team to trade up to get him at No. 1. There are some valid points. But I think the moment Andrew Luck decided to stay out of the draft was the moment the chance of another team trading up ended in this time of labor uncertainty.

Tulsa running back Charles Gray has visited with the Saints. He’s a guy you could see in the later rounds. He’s a jack of all trades, who played running back, fullback and H-back in college and probably could help on special teams in the NFL.