NFC South: projected starters

After ending last season on a 10-game losing streak, no team needed more out of the NFL draft than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On the surface, it looks like they got at least three starters in safety Mark Barron, running back Doug Martin and linebacker Lavonte David. Add them to key free-agent pickups Carl Nicks, Eric Wright and Vincent Jackson and Tampa Bay should have a very different look come September. Let’s take a look at what I suspect at the moment will be Tampa Bay’s starting lineup.

OFFENSE
  • RB Doug Martin (LeGarrette Blount will get some carries, but Martin’s an all-purpose back)
  • WR Vincent Jackson
  • LG Carl Nicks
DEFENSE
  • DT Brian Price (Amobi Okoye will factor heavily in rotation and could start if injury woes continue for McCoy and Price)
  • OLB Lavonte David
  • CB Eric Wright (Aqib Talib could factor in, but his future is uncertain)
  • SS Mark Barron
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Projecting Falcons starters

May, 1, 2012
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The Atlanta Falcons have had the quietest offseason of any NFC South team. But that doesn't mean they won't have some changes in their starting lineup.

Now that the NFL draft is over, let's take a look at my best guess at what Atlanta's starting lineup will look like in September.

OFFENSE
  • LT Sam Baker (or someone not yet on the roster)
  • RG Peter Konz (unless he ends up playing center)
DEFENSE
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Projecting Saints starters

May, 1, 2012
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Now, that the NFL draft is over, let’s have some fun. Let’s start looking ahead to next season with team-by-team looks at what I project as the opening day lineups for each of the four NFC South teams.

Let’s start with the New Orleans Saints, who might not have any rookies open the season as starters because they didn’t have a draft pick until the third round. Also, let’s keep in mind that the Saints could be dealing with some suspensions from their bounty program. We won’t speculate on possible suspensions. We’ll just go with the depth chart as I see it now and I’ll throw in comments where there could be competition.

OFFENSE
DEFENSE
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