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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Fourth round is up and running

By Pat Yasinskas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers just opened the fourth round of the NFL draft by taking West Virginia defensive back Brandon Hogan.

Things are going to be moving very quickly and we won’t provide running updates of every pick Saturday. You can get that over on our main NFL page. If there are any surprises or big names taken by the NFC South teams, we’ll address that. But I’ll be working mostly on my draft wrap-ups for all four teams.

Also, one quick clarification on Atlanta linebacker Akeem Dent, who was taken in the third round Friday. Our Scouts Inc. people and some of the draft preview magazines said Dent’s a pure inside linebacker.

The Falcons said that’s not how they view Dent, who did play inside in his final year of college. But he played strong-side linebacker before that. The Falcons expect Dent to contribute immediately on special teams and they plan to work him as an outside linebacker. He’ll probably start off as a backup, but could be in the mix to replace veteran Mike Peterson in a year or two.