Tuesday, April 16, 2013
NFC South Insider draft guides
By Pat Yasinskas
On our Insider pages, we’re running extensive draft previews on each NFC South team.
You can see Atlanta’s draft preview here. You’ll see a lot of similarities to things we already have discussed on the Falcons, but one thing that jumped out at me was Todd McShay including Connecticut cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson in the “best fits’’ category for the Falcons. A lot of cornerbacks have had their names tied to the Falcons, but Wreh-Wilson generally hasn’t been mentioned. McShay’s plugged in, so this is one worth watching.
On the Carolina Panthers, one thing that stood out was Mel Kiper Jr. writing that the wish list should go defensive tackle, cornerback and safety (in that order). I don’t disagree with that. But I also think there’s a good chance the Panthers could go with a cornerback first and add a defensive tackle a little later.
When it comes to the New Orleans Saints, Matt Williamson touches on a good point when he lists wide receiver as a “quiet need’’. He’s right. The Saints have Marques Colston and Lance Moore and a bunch of unproven guys. Plus, Colston isn’t getting any younger. It might be time to add another receiver to the mix in the middle rounds.
On the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the item that made me think was the effusive praise that Chris Sprow heaped on the 2012 draft class. It’s well deserved. Doug Martin and Lavonte David had excellent rookie seasons and Mark Barron showed plenty of promise. If the Bucs can get another class anywhere close to last year’s, it could help this team turn the corner quickly.