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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Let’s take a run through some headlines around the NFC South.

A judge has lifted the lockout, but things remain in limbo as the NFL appeals the decision. But this has cleared the way for at least some players to show up at team facilities. It happened in Charlotte, where kicker John Kasay stopped by Bank of America Stadium. He only stayed for about 10 minutes, but nobody stopped Kasay from entering the building. That’s a good thing. How would you like to be the security guard who has to tell the only remaining member of the 1995 expansion team he can’t go through the door? Kasay’s revered in Charlotte, and I’m pretty much convinced there already is a statue of him somewhere that will be rolled out the moment he decides to retire and placed next to the statue of Sam Mills outside the stadium.

In Tampa, things seem quiet at One Buccaneer Place.

D. Orlando Ledbetter takes a look at UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers. Keep an eye on Ayers; he could be available when the Falcons pick at No. 27 and he has the potential to bring some explosiveness to the defense.

Jeff Duncan continues the countdown of the best and worst draft picks in Saints history. At No. 2 on the worst list is defensive end Shawn Knight who was taken at No. 11 in 1987. Makes me want to check back tomorrow to see who was worse than Knight.

Draft analyst Mike Mayock continues to question Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. This time, Mayock questioned Newton’s attitude, saying he doesn’t know if the quarterback cares enough to be great.

The beat writer who covered Newton in college says he’s the most dynamic talent from the SEC since Bo Jackson.

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay debate whether the Panthers at No. 1 or the Bengals at No. 4 are in a tougher spot in this draft.