Friday, April 23, 2010
Looking at what's next in draft
By Pat Yasinskas
Round 1 is over, but all four NFC South teams still have needs in this draft. Here’s a look at what to expect the rest of the way.
Atlanta Falcons. They got linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and that filled one need. They’re without a second-round pick. They still could use a pass-rusher and someone like South Florida’s George Selvie could be available in the third or fourth round. Depth on the offensive line and at wide receiver also could be on the priority list.
Carolina Panthers. They didn’t have a first-round pick and they’ll make their draft debut with the No. 48 overall pick tonight. There are rumblings they could be interested in quarterback Colt McCoy and that may be true. But I think there are bigger needs at defensive tackle and wide receiver. Plus, there’s a pretty good chance McCoy will be gone before the Panthers draft. I’m keeping an eye on defensive tackle Terrence Cody and a whole bunch of wide receivers who are still on the board.
New Orleans Saints. They got cornerback Patrick Robinson in the first round and that solidifies a secondary that already was pretty good. There still are needs at outside linebacker and defensive tackle and that’s where the Saints will focus the next few rounds.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is in the house and that filled the team’s biggest need. But there are plenty of other major needs left and the Bucs are holding two second-round picks. Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate seems to be a fan favorite and that could happen, but I can’t help but wonder if the Bucs would prefer a bigger receiver. Cornerback also has to be addressed pretty quickly. Safety also is an issue and South Florida’s Nate Allen is sitting in Tampa Bay’s backyard.