NFC South Post Draft Review

  • Atlanta Falcons (10-6)

55. Peter Konz, C/G, Wisconsin

91. Lamar Holmes, OT,  Southern Miss

157. Bradie Ewing, FB, Wisconsin

164. Jonathan Massaquoi, DE, Troy

192. Charles Mitchell, SS, Mississippi State

249. Travian Robertson, DT, South Carolina

The Falcons went into this draft looking to rebuild their offensive line. Their first pick wasn’t until No. 55 where they chose C/G Peter Konz. He’ll likely spend his rookie season starting at right guard, he’s a solid blocker but holds many injury concerns. A questionable pick the Falcons made was drafting Lamar Holmes at 91. Holmes was projected to fall to the seventh round or not even be drafted. At 157 the Falcons went with FB Bradie Ewing, Ovie Mughelli tore his MCL last year so Ewing will likely fill the void and take the starting position.  At 164 the Falcons went with DE Jonathan Massaquoi, they got a steal here with Massaquoi falling that far. A young pass rusher was needed to take over for Abraham when he leaves. Safety depth was needed for the Falcons so at 192 they addressed that need. They went with Charles Mitchell from Mississippi State, he’s a little short but was strongest safety left on the board. The last pick for the Falcons was at 249 drafting Travian Robertson. They selected the best DT left on the board to add depth at the spot.

  • Carolina Panthers (6-10)

9. Luke Kuechly, OLB, Boston College

40. Amini Silatolu, G/OT, Midwestern State

103.  Frank Alexander, DE, Oklanhoma

104. Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas

143. Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina

207. Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin

216. D.J. Campbell, S, California

The Panthers sure did put up a show on offense last year but certainly not defense. They went into the draft hoping to build on defense and be a playoff contending team. At the ninth overall pick they selected Luke Kuechly out of Boston College. Jon Beason and Thomas Davis were out all year last year so if they’re unreliable, Kuechly will be able to fill the void. A surprising pick at 40 selecting Amini Silatolu, a great offensive tackle but he was not expected to get drafted as high as he did. At 103 they selected Frank Alexander, they need another pass rusher across from Charles Johnson. The next pick was Joe Adams, a wide receiver/punt returner out of Arkansas, A fast guy possibly able to fill the void after Steve is gone in a few years. Josh Norman was selected at 143, the best CB left on the board to help with the pass defense. With no punter on the roster the selected Brad Nortman at 207 to battle with free agents. The last pick at 216 was S D.J. Campbell, They wanted to add depth to the safety position so this was the right pick.

  • New Orleans Saints (13-3)

89. Akiem Hicks, NT, Canada

122. Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin

162. Corey White, S, Samford

179. Andrew Tiller, G, Syracuse

234. Marcel Jones, OT, Nebraska

Not the most exciting draft for the Saints this year. After giving up their first round to the Browns to trade up and take Julio Jones last year, and having to give up their second round due to the bounty scandal. Their first pick finally rolled around at 89 were they took NT Akiem Hicks. A projected 5th round pick surprisingly went to the Saints at 89. Their next pick at 122 was WR Nick Toon, after Robert Meachem left to San Diego they were looking for a guy to fill his void. At 162 the Saints selected S Corey White, a short but fast safety. At 179 they selected Andrew Tiller, they needed to add depth at guard so this was the right pick. Their last pick in the draft was OT Marcel Jones, another OT here will keep building depth.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)

7. Mark Barron, SS, Safety

31. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

58. Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska

140. Najee Goode, ILB, West Virginia

174. Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

212. Michael Smith, RB, Utah State

233. Drake Dunsmore, FB, Northwestern

The Bucs certainly made a splash in this years draft. Some analysts believe they had the best draft out of all the teams. They traded back to the seventh spot and drafted Mark Barron. Not the best pick in their draft but a solid player, he is one of the best at reading plays. At 31 the Bucs selected Doug Martin, a great pass-catcher and would fit well in the backfield with Blount. The Bucs traded up at 58 to take Lavonte David, they needed linebacker help and made the right move. Their next pick was ILB Najee Good, he adds more LB depth and will be fighting for a starting job. At 174 was Keith Tandy, A needed CB for the Bucs that can make an early impact. At 212 the Bucs went with another RB drafting Michael Smith, he’ll be fighting for the 3rd RB spot. Their last pick was FB Drake Dunsmore, a needed FB after Earnest Graham likely leaves.

Written By – JD Rowe – NFC South Writer – @JDRowe21

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