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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
NFC South mailbag

By Pat Yasinskas

Abe in Hartford, Conn., writes: I just saw that Jason Elam signed a one day contract with Denver so he can retire as a Bronco. One thing I've always wondered about these one day contracts is does any money change hands? If so, is it some prorated share of the league minimum?

Pat Yasinskas: No, purely a ceremonial gesture. In the case of Elam, it’s very fitting. Yes, he finished up with the Falcons, but spent the vast majority of his career with Denver.

Chris in Harrisburg, Pa., writes: What did you think of WR Carlton Mitchell and how did he perform at UFS’s pro day? Do you think the Bucs might be looking at him to fill their WR role?

Pat Yasinskas: As I reported yesterday, Mitchell appeared to do very well. Several people who actually have some draft input with their teams said they liked what they saw of Mitchell. This guy already was rising and I think he made sure Tuesday that the trend will continue. I asked one of Mitchell’s agents before the workout which teams seemed to be showing the most interest. Keep in mind it’s an agent’s job to promote his client and the answer went something like: “Any team that wants a receiver with good size, speed and character that can catch the ball should be interested in Carlton.’’ That said, after watching Mitchell’s workout, talking to him and talking to some scouts about him, I tend to agree with the agent’s answer. I think Mitchell might have pushed himself into the second round. I could see the Bucs or the Panthers taking a shot on this kid.

Jeff in Charleston, SC writes: Does Thomas Dimitroff have anyone (besides Jamaal Anderson) on the trade block? Also, is he eyeing any players around the NFL to trade for, or does he just want to stick strictly to the draft now? I would think Jerious Norwood and Jason Snelling have pretty good trade value, right?

Pat Yasinskas: First off, I’m not certain Anderson is actually on the trade block, but that wouldn’t surprise me in the least. Norwood and Snelling are restricted free agents and, so far, there’s been no indication they’re drawing serious interest from other teams, and we’re two weeks away from the end of restricted free agency. Never say never to anything and I’m sure Dimitroff is monitoring everything going on around the league. But he told me last week during the owners meeting that the Falcons now are focusing primarily on the draft.

Richie in New Orleans writes: Big fan of the blog. What are your thoughts on previously injured Saints' draft picks like Stanley Arnoux, Chip Vaughn, and Adrian Arrington? During the drafts, these guys seemed to have a lot of potential, but disappeared after their injuries.

Pat Yasinskas: Glad you brought those guys up because a lot of people have forgotten about them. I’m not saying any of those guys are going to come in and be immediate stars. But the Saints liked all of them when they first brought them in. They view them almost like extra draft picks this year. At very least, Arnoux and Vaughn have a chance to be regulars on special teams this year. Arrington has some nice potential, but the Saints have a deep receiving corps. Still, he’s got a chance to stick on the roster.

Chris in Charlotte writes: Do you think Jacoby Ford will make it to the 2nd Round for the Panthers selection? If not who else you think Carolina could pick up?

Pat Yasinskas: Just sampled some random projections on Ford and I’d guess the odds are pretty good he’ll be available when the Panthers pick in the second round. Seems like a lot of people are projecting him as a third-round guy. Ford is a fast but small receiver. He’d be perfect in the slot. But I think the Panthers might be looking for a bigger receiver (perhaps someone like Mitchell) to take Muhsin Muhammad’s starting place.