Friday, April 26, 2013
NFC South: What's left to address in draft?
By Pat Yasinskas
With the first round of the NFL draft completed, it’s time to look ahead and see what else each NFC South team needs to accomplish.
Atlanta Falcons: They took care of their big need by trading up to get cornerback Desmond Trufant. Now, it’s all about adding depth. The defensive line, offensive tackle and linebacker are all areas that could be addressed. But I really like San Diego State’s Gavin Escobar, if he's still available late in the second round.
Carolina Panthers: They filled a huge need by drafting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei in the first round. I see Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks and South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger as nice possibilities in the second round. Beyond that, the Panthers still need to add some depth on the offensive line.
New Orleans Saints: They got safety Kenny Vaccaro in the first round, but the attention to the defense should not stop there. The Saints still need a pass-rusher and maybe another cornerback. They also need to add someone to the mix to compete for the left tackle job. The bad news is the Saints are without a second-round pick and only have four picks remaining at the moment. Don’t be surprised if the Saints trade running back Chris Ivory for a draft pick very soon.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: They weren’t in the first round after giving up that pick as part of the Darrelle Revis trade. But the Bucs have the 11th pick of the second round and I see Stanford tight end Zach Ertz as a logical target. Defensive tackle and outside linebacker are two other areas where the Bucs need to add some depth.