Monday, April 8, 2013
NFC South offseason Stock Watch
By Pat Yasinskas
Lamar Holmes, Falcons. Don’t rule out the possibility of the Falcons bringing in someone to play right tackle in the draft or as a free agent. But at the moment, Holmes appears to be the player most likely to start at right tackle. Holmes barely played as a rookie. But he was a third-round draft choice last year and the Falcons may believe it’s time to get him on the field.
Doug Martin, Buccaneers. Here’s an early fantasy tip: Draft this guy very early. He had a very strong rookie season and there’s no reason to expect a sophomore slump. In fact, Martin’s numbers should only get better with Pro Bowl guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks returning from injuries.
Roman Harper, Saints. New Orleans fans might not want to hear this, but all indications are the Saints are sticking with Harper at strong safety. If they weren’t it’s likely they would have released him by now or at least asked him to take a cut in pay. Only the Saints know what they have planned for Harper. But the fact that he still is around is a pretty good indication that new coordinator Rob Ryan has plans for Harper. That likely means the Saints will let Harper play to his strengths -- helping against the run and being used as a blitzer -- and not being asked to do too much in coverage.
LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers. There have been multiple reports that the Bucs are shopping Blount. But the fact the word is out there and that the Bucs have no apparent plans to give Blount a larger role will make it difficult to trade him. Interested teams may just wait because the Bucs may end up releasing him.
Stephen Nicholas, Falcons. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Falcons bring in an outside linebacker fairly early in the draft. Nicholas’ flaws got exposed in the postseason and it might be time to look for an upgrade.
Kealoha Pilares, Joe Adams and Armanti Edwards. The signings of Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn Jr. show the Panthers can’t be very high on Pilares, Adams or Edwards as receivers or return men. If David Gettis is healthy, Pilares, Adams and Edwards might be battling for one roster spot in training camp.