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What Does Each NFC South Team Need in the NFL Draft? 

Glenn Kaplan
ANALYST
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261   //    11 Mar 2018, 10:33 IST

New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the NFL Scouting Combine now over, coaches and general managers are trying to figure out who they want to draft to upgrade their team. The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 26, and NFL free agency begins this Wednesday. What does each NFC South team need?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11): Offensive Line, Running Back, Linebacker

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a step back in 2017. A lot of people thought Tampa Bay would be one of the surprise teams making it to the playoffs in the NFC. What they lack is decent pass protection for Jameis Winston.

He gets blitzed a lot and takes a beating. They own the seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft. This would be a good spot for them to take an offensive lineman. It wouldn't surprise me if they traded up in the draft for Quenton Nelson, an offensive lineman from Norte Dame.

They could also draft someone linebacker help at that pick if Tampa Bay doesn't draft an offensive lineman. The Buccaneers could use a solid three-down running back in the backfield.

Atlanta Falcons (10-6): Defensive Tackle, Tight End, Defensive Player who Forces Turnovers

The Falcons made it back to the playoffs in 2017 after collapsing in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots. Atlanta really didn't force any turnovers all season on defence and the Dontari Poe signing didn't turn out as planned. The Falcons could use another defensive tackle to force a pass rush up the middle.

Atlanta should also look for some players in the draft that were really good at forcing turnovers and that would maybe help them get the ball back more often. The Falcons would love to also have a tight end that could go down the field and catch passes. Levine Toilolo isn't bad, but I am sure they could find someone in the draft who has higher upside.

Carolina Panthers (11-5): Wide Receiver, Interior Offensive Line, Best Defensive Player Available

The Carolina Panthers had a much better 2017 season after going 6-10 in 2016. Carolina found a gem in Christain McCaffrey in the draft last season. They need to find a gem in the draft at wide receiver. Carolina traded away Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills during the middle of the 2017 season.

The Panthers need a true number one receiver for Cam Newton and they don't have that right now. Carolina is also losing pro bowl guard Andrew Norwell possibly to the New York Giants. The Panthers are also going to have to draft a guard.

Carolina's defence was much better in 2017 and they should take the best defensive player available in the draft whenever it feels right for them.

New Orleans Saints (11-5): Tight End, Defensive Tackle, Outside Linebacker

The New Orleans Saints had a very good draft class in 2017. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore won defensive rookie of the year and running back Alvin Kamara won offensive rookie of the year. New Orleans is hoping to have more success in the NFL Draft in 2018.

The Saints have a good offence and they could even be better if the Saints ever got production from the tight end position. Coby Fleener hasn't been really productive for them and the Saints could maybe find someone in the draft.

New Orleans improved a lot on defence in 2017. They were more physical, but the Saints could use a defensive tackle who will dominate at the point of attack and stop the run. New Orleans could also use an outside linebacker who stops the run and plays in coverage well.


Glenn Kaplan
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