At least at the moment, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only NFC South team with a pick in the second round of Friday night’s draft. They’re sitting at No. 51 overall and, in his Insider second-round mock draft, Todd McShay has the Bucs taking North Carolina outside linebacker Bruce Carter.
That would be a logical next step for the Bucs after they got defensive end Adrian Clayborn in the first round Friday night. In his Insider second-round mock draft, Mel Kiper has the Bucs using that pick on Central Florida offensive tackle Jah Reid. That need might not be quite as pressing, but the Bucs can use some depth on the offensive line.
Speaking of the second round and who’s available, Scouts Inc. has an Insider post on the 10-best remaining players.
Atlanta traded away its second-round pick in a monstrous deal to get receiver Julio Jones on Thursday night. New Orleans did the same thing as it jumped back into the first round to get running back Mark Ingram. I don’t think the Saints or the Falcons will make much of an effort to get back into the second round, mainly because both are running low on ammunition.
But I think there’s a very real chance the Carolina Panthers might jump into the second round. They traded away their own second-round choice in this draft last year as part of the deal to take Armanti Edwards in the third round. The Panthers already have put out the word they’re looking to move into the second round and their third-round pick this year as well as an early pick next year could be on the table. If the Panthers get into the second round, the target is likely to be a defensive tackle or cornerback.