Time for a run through some odds and ends from around the division:
General manager Thomas Dimitroff said this year’s draft class is short on “wow’’ factor, but long on depth. That’s not a bad thing for the Falcons, who hold the No. 30 overall pick in the draft. Dimitroff said he’s confident the Falcons can get a good player at that spot.
Joseph Person has his list of combine winners and losers. Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is one of his winners. Floyd probably assured himself a spot in the top 10 picks, which means it’s unlikely the Panthers are going to have a shot at him.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
The manager of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is recommending an engineering study be done to potentially change the stadium’s emergency power systems. That’s a good idea. New Orleans is very much in the mix for future Super Bowls. But NFL owners, who vote to award those games, likely would feel a lot better if they know for sure steps have been taken to prevent another power outage like the one that interrupted this year’s Super Bowl.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Stephen Holder writes that whatever happens with free safety Ronde Barber ultimately will impact strong safety Mark Barron. Their roles were somewhat blurred last season, with Barber often playing in the box and Barron drawing deep coverage assignments. If Barber retires or isn’t re-signed, that would allow Barron more room to do the things he does best.