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Thursday, April 19, 2012
NFC South programming notes

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- Thursday will be one of the more unique days of the offseason. Three of the NFC South’s general managers are scheduled to meet with local media to discuss next week’s NFL draft.

Don’t get too excited. I’ve seen Carolina’s Marty Hurney, Atlanta’s Thomas Dimitroff and Tampa Bay’s Mark Dominik go through these meetings before. They’ll be polite and discuss the draft in general terms, but they’re going to say as little as possible when asked about their actual draft plans. It’s understandable because they’re in a competitive business.

I’m out at One Buccaneer Place to catch Dominik and I’ll also listen in as Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano speaks after wrapping up his first minicamp. I also am expecting to do a phone interview with Dimitroff later this afternoon. I’ll also monitor what Hurney has to say and let you know if there are any highlights.

I’ll also be on high alert in case we get any news on possible player suspensions stemming from the Saints’ bounty program. There haven’t been any strong indications if they’re coming Thursday, but it’s been widely reported the NFL is supposed to act before the draft, so something should be coming soon.

Also, our weekly NFC South chat is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Friday. I’ll post a reminder Friday morning and include the link to get you into the chat.

Finally, some fun news. I’ll be making the choices for Tampa Bay and Carolina as all eight division bloggers take part in a mock draft Monday. The good news is, this will be an interactive mock draft and you can join in and chat as we go through the process. I’ll get you full details as we get closer to Monday.