NFC South: blog network mock draft
Just wanted to share some thoughts with you on my picks. I felt pretty confident taking Gerald McCoy at No. 3 for the Buccaneers. In other words, there’s a real chance this could happen.
As long as St. Louis takes quarterback Sam Bradford first overall, the Bucs will have a shot at McCoy or fellow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. They’ll be happy with either one.
I didn’t feel nearly as confident taking South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul with the No. 19 pick for Atlanta. I went into the mock thinking I’d get Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham, but he was taken before I got on the clock. I also have seen a lot of other mocks where Pierre-Paul was gone before the Falcons picked. Also, the draft was done last week. That was before I found out Sunday that the Falcons sent all of their top brass to a private workout by Georgia Tech receiver Demaryius Thomas. Not saying the Falcons definitely will take Thomas, but it’s possible. Still, I think the need for a pass-rusher is heavy on Atlanta’s mind.
Speaking of not being able to take the guy I wanted, it also happened at No. 32 for the Saints. I was locked in on Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, but Mike Sando beat me to the punch and gave him to the Cardinals at No. 26. I had to scramble a bit and couldn’t find another outside linebacker I thought was worth the value here. That’s why I went with Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap. The Saints aren’t desperate at defensive end, but they don’t have a lot of young guys there and Dunlap could be a long-term solution.
Carolina didn’t have a first-round pick. But, in fairness to Panthers fans, I’m going to project what I think they’ll do with their second-round choice. I’ll do that later this afternoon, after I take my turn in today’s marathon draft chat.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Our eight-person blog network, which extends from Tim Graham and me in Florida to Mike Sando in the Seattle area got together (via e-mail and telephone) and produced our own mock draft.
We each made the picks for our division and here's the finished product.
Also, keep firing away with your picks for the NFC South teams. As I said before, I'll run a mock draft using the consensus picks for the Saints, Buccaneers, Falcons and Panthers on Friday afternoon or evening. I'll continue taking ballots until Friday morning.