NFC South: Draft Tracker

Earlier, we gave you the rundown on what picks each NFC South team currently holds heading into the last day of the draft.

Let’s also take a quick look at what players are still available. Mel Kiper Jr. has this Insider list Insider of the best players remaining and it has some names that many expected to be off the board long ago.

Mississippi tackle Bobby Massie and Miami running back Lamar Miller are easily the two biggest surprises on the list and people are starting to wonder if they have medical or other issues. I’m also shocked Oklahoma linebacker/defensive back Ronnell Lewis and Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders still are available.

Saturday’s portion of the draft starts at noon ET and it’s going to move very rapidly. If you’re able to, join us in Countdown Live, the interactive chat in which you can talk with the eight divisional bloggers, Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson, Football Scientist KC Joyner and others.

I’m not even going to try to give you instant analysis on every one of Saturday’s NFC South picks on the blog. That’s what our Insider Draft Tracker is for. I’ll weigh in on picks of note and maybe provide a quick summary of each round or every couple of rounds.

But my main assignment Saturday is to write a division-wide draft wrap-up and I’ll be working on that through much of the day. That should post on this blog soon after the draft ends.
The NFL draft doesn’t resume until 7 p.m. ET, but the chatter already is starting to pick up. No, I haven’t heard any real strong rumors about NFC South teams looking to make trades in the second round, but that’s possible as the night goes on.

Meanwhile, we’ll start cranking back up with a few programming notes.

I’ll be joining Bill Rosinksi and Darin Gantt on ESPN 730 (AM) in Charlotte right about 5 p.m. ET.

If you joined us on Countdown Live on Thursday night, I’ll invite you to join us again. If you didn’t, you might want to take advantage of this interactive chat. If ever an event was made for a live chat, it’s the draft. Readers can join all eight NFL bloggers, Football Scientist KC Joyner, Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson and others. I was astounded by how many people took part Thursday night and wouldn’t be surprised if we get even more NFC South fans involved now that the Falcons and Saints will be joining the draft.

I’ll spend a good chunk of the night on Countdown Live, but I will have to duck out from time to time to write blog items and a column on whatever turns out to be the most intriguing happening of the night.

Also, I encourage you to check out our Insider Draft Tracker. It has detailed analysis on every pick and also includes video.