Protecting aging quarterback Carson Palmer was priority No. 1 in the 2015 NFL Draft for Arizona and the Cardinals appeared to do precisely that, nabbing a talented tackle and the mismatches among pass-catchers to close the gap with the two-time defending NFC champion Seahawks.
Tampa Bay took the best player in the draft in Jameis Winston with the first pick and with five selections among the first 78 picks, the New Orleans Saints notably added to its roster, as well. It was the Atlanta Falcons, however, which stood out among NFC South clubs during the 2015 NFL Draft.
With the reigning MVP still residing in Green Bay, the Packers remain the NFC North's best team and a Super Bowl favorite but steady progress is being made in Minnesota, where another strong haul of defensive prospects could make the Vikings surprisingly tough in 2015.