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Friday, April 27, 2012
Falcons get Konz, Bucs add David

By Pat Yasinskas

We’ve got some second-round developments in the NFC South.

The Atlanta Falcons just used their second-round pick (No. 55 overall) on Wisconsin offensive lineman Peter Konz and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to be aggressive by trading back into the second round to take Nebraska outside linebacker Lavonte David.

Konz played center in college, but also projects as a guard in the NFL. The Falcons might have a bigger need at left tackle, but Konz will give them lots of flexibility in the interior of the line. In the long term, he’s the likely replacement for veteran center Todd McClure. In the short term, he could play guard and provide some competition for Joe Hawley, Justin Blalock and Garrett Reynolds.

Tampa Bay, which already had traded up to get a second first-round pick, got great value with David. He was projected as a first-round pick by some experts. He also fits a major need.

Linebacker was a problem spot last year and the Bucs need someone who can make plays. David can do that on the outside and may allow the Bucs to keep second-year pro Mason Foster in the middle.

I’ll be back with a more in a bit.