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Friday, April 19, 2013
NFC South afternoon update

By Pat Yasinskas

Let’s run through some news and notes from around the division:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Roy Cummings throws out a unique scenario for the Buccaneers. He writes that there have been rumblings that the Minnesota Vikings are looking to trade up to get receiver Tavon Austin, and Minnesota has picks at Nos. 23 and 25. In theory, the Bucs could trade down with the Vikings and a pick in the mid-20s might still be something the New York Jets would take as part of a trade package for cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Scott Reynolds points out that Luke Stocker might be Tampa Bay’s best bet at tight end because the Bucs are unlikely to draft one early. Stocker’s production hasn’t been great so far, but he has some potential. I still think the Bucs need to address this position, but there really isn’t much left in free agency.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Restricted free agent Chris Ivory signed his offer sheet with the Saints. But the New York Jets reportedly still are interested in trading for Ivory. I think there’s a good chance the Saints would accept a fourth- or fifth-round pick because they have such a logjam at running back and needs elsewhere.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

General manager Dave Gettleman sang the praises of his cornerbacks, singling out Drayton Florence, Captain Munnerlyn and D.J. Moore. I think the Panthers have improved their depth at the position, but I still think they need to use an early draft pick to get a starting-caliber cornerback.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Amid discussing a potential contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan and his philosophy on making draft trades, general manager Thomas Dimitroff was asked about the situation at right tackle, where veteran starter Tyson Clabo was released. Dimitroff pointed to young guys like Mike Johnson and Lamar Holmes and said they’ll have a chance to compete. But Dimitroff also said the Falcons could address the position in the draft.