NFC South: Damontre Moore

Mocking NFC South with McShay

March, 6, 2013

Todd McShay has the latest edition of his Insider mock draft up and he’s going heavily with defense for most of the NFC South.

At No. 13, McShay has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro. This seems to go hand in hand with the growing sentiment that veteran Ronde Barber won’t be back (either by his choice or the team’s choice). I’d like to see the Bucs get a cornerback in the first round, but there’s no one available with good value in this scenario. Drafting Vaccaro a year after drafting safety Mark Barron might be a little unusual, but it would put the Bucs in good shape at safety for the long term.

At No. 14, McShay has Carolina taking Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. If Richardson is indeed available at No. 14, I think this would be a great pick for Carolina. The defense improved last year and solidifying the middle of the line could turn the defense into an elite unit.

At No. 15, McShay has New Orleans taking Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. He’s athletic and quick and that’s what the Saints need at linebacker.

The only NFC South team McShay doesn’t have going with a defensive player in the first round is Atlanta. He has the Falcons taking Stanford tight end Zach Ertz at No. 30. That makes plenty of sense if you believe Tony Gonzalez is going to retire. But I’m not convinced that’s going to happen. I’d rather see the Falcons go with a defensive end here and take Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore, LSU’s Sam Montgomery or SMU’s Margus Hunt.

NFC South afternoon update

January, 9, 2013
Time for an afternoon look at some odds and ends from around the division:


Scott Reynolds mentions Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes, LSU linebacker/defensive end Barkevious Mingo and Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore as players the Bucs could target with the No. 13 overall pick in the draft. A lot can change with the college all-star games and the combine. But I don’t think it’s a stretch to expect the Bucs to look long and hard at a bunch of defensive prospects.


General manager Mickey Loomis had a season wrap-up session with the local media. There were a fair amount of questions about the future that he couldn’t touch. But Loomis did say that contracts have been offered to the assistant coaches whose deals are expiring. There have been reports that offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer no longer are under contract. Carmichael has interviewed for the spot as the head coach in Chicago.

The Saints made the official announcement that coach Sean Payton has signed a contract extension. The two sides agreed to the terms of a deal more than a week ago, but it took some time to work out the final details.


The Panthers have hired Dave Gettleman as their general manager. I'll have analysis on this shortly.


Defensive end John Abraham (ankle) and safety William Moore (hamstring) each practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. Coach Mike Smith said he expects both players to be ready for Sunday’s playoff game with Seattle.