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Monday, April 15, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Let's take a run through some odds and ends from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

D. Orlando Ledbetter throws out the scenario of the Falcons trading up to get Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner in the draft. I’m not ruling this out. General manager Thomas Dimitroff traded way up to get another Alabama product, receiver Julio Jones, a couple years ago and that’s worked out well. Ledbetter also mentions the possibility of the Falcons trading into the 20s to get Xavier Rhodes or Desmond Trufant. I’m not a big fan of that move. I’d prefer to see the Falcons stay at No. 30 and get Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor. Some scouts I’ve talked to like Taylor better than Rhodes and Trufant.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Joseph Person writes about how Rock Hill, S.C., which is just over the border from Charlotte, has become a football factory. New Orleans tight end Benjamin Watson and Atlanta safety Chris Hope are among the Rock Hill products currently in the NFL. They’re about to be joined by Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Although the Panthers seem to have bigger needs on the defensive side of the ball, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of them taking Patterson at No. 14, if he still is available. Owner Jerry Richardson always has like having players from the Carolinas on his roster. Plus, the Panthers could use a guy who eventually could take over for Steve Smith as the No. 1 receiver.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Running back Chris Ivory visited the New York Jets last week. Ivory is a restricted free agent and the Jets would have to give the Saints a second-round pick if they sign him. But Connor Orr points out that the two teams could work a trade for a later draft pick. That would make a lot of sense because the Saints have a crowded backfield and are a little light on draft picks that could help them fill needs at other positions.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Scott Reynolds writes that the Bucs could target Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker at No. 12. There’s logic in that. The recent contract extension given to right tackle Demar Dotson was for something close to backup money. Fluker would be an upgrade from Dotson and coach Greg Schiano is big on having a power running game. Schiano also isn’t opposed to using first-round picks on Alabama players. He took one last year in safety Mark Barron.

It’s well known that general manager Mark Dominik likes to front load contracts. Roy Cummings points out that shouldn’t be a potential obstacle if the Bucs trade for Darrelle Revis and sign him to a long-term extension. Revis shares the same agent as Vincent Jackson, who signed a front-loaded deal with the Bucs last year. Dominik’s philosophy is unique, but I can’t see why Revis would balk at it. He presumably would be getting a huge part of the contract in the first couple of years.