The NFC South second-round picks just wrapped up.
I’ll do a quick analysis on each of the three (the New Orleans Saints didn’t have a pick in the road). And I’ll be back later with a column on what I think is the division’s best story of the night and quick analysis of what transpires in the third round.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks with the 43rd overall pick. Banks was once viewed as an early first-round pick, but a slow time in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine caused his stock to fall. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik just talked to the media and they’re not concerned about how fast Banks ran in Indianapolis. They think he can step right in and play with Darrelle Revis and Eric Wright and make a position that was a problem last season a strength.
The Carolina Panthers used the 44th pick on Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short. That might seem like excessive attention on the defensive tackle position after the Panthers used their first-round pick on Star Lotulelei. But, like the Bucs at cornerback, the Panthers are trying to turn a weakness into a strength. Carolina also likes incumbent starter Dwan Edwards, but he’s nearing the end of his career and the Panthers now should be strong at defensive tackle for years to come.
At No. 60, the Atlanta Falcons continued the division-wide trend of loading up on one position by taking Southeast Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford. The Falcons used their first-round pick on cornerback Desmond Trufant. After the departures of Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, the Falcons now are back to full strength at cornerback.