Let’s take a look at Todd McShay’s latest Insider mock draft from an NFC South perspective.
At No. 13, he has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin. I wouldn’t totally rule this one out because the Bucs want to give quarterback Josh Freeman all the help they can. Austin could be explosive as a slot receiver. But the Bucs already have signed Kevin Ogletree to compete with Tiquan Underwood for the spot as the third receiver. I think Tampa Bay’s needs on defense are much greater and the Bucs should use that pick on the defensive side of the ball.
At No. 14, McShay has Carolina taking Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. That’s a decent possibility. But I could see the Panthers going with a cornerback, like Desmond Trufant or Xavier Rhodes.
McShay has the New Orleans Saints taking Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree at No. 15. I like that pick a lot. The Saints are in the process of switching to a 3-4 defense and they need more athleticism at linebacker.
At No. 30, McShay has Atlanta taking Florida State defensive end Cornellius Carradine. Atlanta’s big need is at cornerback, but Trufant and Rhodes could be off the board before the Falcons get to pick and there’s no other corner that would bring good value at that point. Adding a pass-rusher to go with Osi Umenyiora might be the next best option.