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.
Adding skill-position talent to complement young quarterback Ryan Tannehill as well as beef to each side of the line of scrimmage could have Miami finally ready to challenge New England (which drafted well again too) in the AFC East.
A cautionary tale every NFL Draft is the number of underclassmen who go undrafted. Of the 84 underclassmen who declared early for the 2015 NFL Draft, only 60 were selected, leaving 24 players, who gave up their college eligibility early, undrafted.