NFC South: NFC South mock draft
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Earlier Tuesday morning, I asked for your mock draft suggestions for each of the four NFC South teams. I just took a look at my mailbag for the first time since posting that item and the response is overwhelming. Keep it going.
In just about six hours, there already are several hundred responses. As I said earlier, I'll plow through all your answers and post a consensus pick for each team Friday afternoon or evening.
But I thought the early response was a pretty strong sign that you might want to know how the early voting is going. Again, I just skimmed the notes quickly, but here's a brief glance at the early results from the polls for each NFC South team.
New Orleans: Ohio State defensive back Malcolm Jenkins appears to have a comfortable early lead. But his college teammate, running back Beanie Wells, also is getting a lot of votes.
Tampa Bay: This one's all over the board. Just on a quick glance, Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis appears to have a slight lead. But there also are a good amount of votes for defensive tackle Peria Jerry and linebackers Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews.
Atlanta: Somewhat surprisingly, I'm not seeing a lot of support for tight end Brandon Pettigrew. A lot of media members have been tying his name to the Falcons. But the early results are showing readers are looking for defense for the Falcons. Davis, the two Southern California linebackers and Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas seem to be the favorites so far. There also are a fair amount of votes for Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson.
Carolina: Speaking of Johnson, he seems to be an early favorite for the Panthers along with Utah defensive end Paul Kruger. Utah defensive back Sean Smith and West Virginia quarterback Pat White seem to be in the running as well.
Again, we're asking for your first pick for your favorite NFC South team or all four teams as the draft order currently stands (we'll deal with trades if they happen). You can send it to my mailbag and please start each vote with "The Saints (or appropriate team) should draft (fill in the blank)'' and feel free to add a reason or two for your choice.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Since it seems like everyone else in the world is doing some sort of mock draft, I'd like to hear what you think. Let's do an NFC South mock draft for readers.
Here's the plan. Starting now and ending Friday morning, let's use my mailbox as a ballot box. Send me your pick for your favorite NFC South team or all four of them. We'll do it only for the top pick for each team.
Please start it with "The Falcons (or your team of choice) should take (fill in the blank)'' and give me a reason or two. I'll tabulate the results and post a consensus for each team on this blog along with some of your reasoning.
A few guidelines to follow, since we're only mocking the four NFC South teams. Please try to be realistic about who will be on the board when your team picks. In other words, let's not have Mark Sanchez or Matthew Stafford falling into the teens.
Also, to keep this from getting too complicated, let's keep the teams where they're scheduled to pick. That means no trade projections. Yes, something could happen before or during the draft. But for the moment, let's go with the Saints at No. 14, the Bucs at No. 19, the Falcons at No. 24 and the Panthers at No. 59.
I'll post your consensus pick for each team Friday afternoon.