Following the conclusion of the draft, I'll be providing grades for all 32 teams. I've begun the process of writing these grades up based on what transpired in the first round yesterday. I'll be posting comments for each team, by their division, in the blog over the next few hours.
Here is how I saw the action from the NFC South perspective:
Atlanta Falcons: The Atlanta Falcons struck gold a few years ago with the selection of undersized linebacker Curtis Lofton in the second round. They went back to the Big 12 for another speedy playmaker with Sean Weatherspoon in the first. Expected to take over the weakside position, Weatherspoon is an ideal in Atlanta’s cover-two scheme.
Carolina Panthers: Having traded their first round pick of the 2010 draft away last April for the right to take defensive end Everette Brown in the second round, the Panthers had to just sit and observe Thursday’s action. Their first pick is scheduled to be in the second round, the 48th overall.
New Orleans Saints: Tracy Porter may have made the Super Bowl winning interception, but the Saints aren’t about to limit the competition in their secondary. Patrick Robinson’s footwork and speed rival any cornerback in this class, though some teams were concerned that he’s not as interested in run support. Like Porter, who had similar knocks on him coming out of Indiana, Robinson’s best assets are being used in New Orleans – where opponents are often attempting to throw the ball to keep up with Drew Brees.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs had an easy choice at No. 3 with Gerald McCoy, as he fits in nicely with their attacking scheme. McCoy is also unusually mature for a young player, giving the team the high character element that the team is looking for.