Saturday, April 27, 2013
NFC South fourth round at a glance
By Pat Yasinskas
Let's take a quick look at what the NFC South teams did in the fourth round:
At No. 100, Tampa Bay traded up to get Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence. I like the pick because it addresses a need. The Bucs have Gerald McCoy at one defensive tackle spot. But the other job is wide open. Spence will get a chance to immediately compete with Derek Landri and Gary Gibson for playing time.
At No. 108, the Panthers took Valdosta State guard Edmund Kugbila. General manager Dave Gettleman continued his focus on his offensive and defensive lines. Carolina needed a little more depth on the offensive line. Kugbila is a bit of a project and probably won’t make an immediate impact.
At No. 126, the Bucs stayed focused on their defensive line and took Michigan State defensive end William Gholston. Draft gurus have questioned his work ethic and whether or not he has a high enough motor to succeed in the NFL. But playing for Greg Schiano might be the best thing for Gholston. Schiano demands good work ethic and a high motor. Gholston will get a shot as a rotational backup behind Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers.
At No. 127, the Atlanta Falcons chose Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman. Consistency was an issue during his college career. But Goodman has some upside and the Falcons need to develop someone that can rush the passer besides Osi Umenyiora.
At No. 133, the Falcons took Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo. He probably isn’t the second coming of Tony Gonzalez. But Toilolo probably can step in and be a secondary tight end to Gonzalez. Toilolo doesn’t stand out as a pass-catcher or blocker, but he can do both things reasonably well.