- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter
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Mel Kiper Jr. has his Insider draft grades and he isn’t giving the NFC South teams what I would call glowing reviews.
Kiper Jr. gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a B overall (B+ for needs and a C+ for value). He is not a big fan of the pick of quarterback Mike Glennon in the third round. I tend to agree with Kiper Jr. that Glennon is a project and isn’t anywhere near being ready to compete with Josh Freeman. But, I think if you factor in the trade for Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay should have gotten a little better than a B grade.
The Atlanta Falcons also got a B overall (B+ for needs and a B for value) from Kiper Jr.. He liked the double dip for Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford at cornerback. I liked it, too. I think the Falcons have more than filled their one big hole.
The New Orleans Saints also got a B from Kiper (B- for needs and a B for value). Kiper Jr. is saying the same thing I’ve been saying. He doesn’t think safety Kenny Vaccaro was a bad pick, but he wonders if a pass-rusher like Jarvis Jones would have been better.
Kiper Jr. gave the Carolina Panthers a C+ overall (C- for need and a B for value). The Panthers did a nice job of drafting for need at defensive tackle by getting Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. But they didn’t address their defensive secondary at all.
Mel Kiper Jr. has his Insider draft grades and he isn’t giving the NFC South teams what I would call glowing reviews.Kiper Jr. gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a B overall (B+ for needs and a C+ for value).