Around the NFC South

Let's take a look at the top headlines from around the NFC South:


With the Falcons drafting No. 30 overall, Daniel Cox takes a look at the 20-year history of the pick. The last time the Falcons had the 30th pick was 1999 when they took defensive end Patrick Kerney. He spent eight seasons with the Falcons and was selected to one Pro Bowl. If the Falcons can get an eventual Pro Bowl defensive end out of this draft, I think they’ll be delighted.


New general manager Dave Gettleman said he understands the frustration from fans because the Panthers have been quiet in free agency. He cited the salary cap as the reason for that, but implied the Panthers will be more active in the second wave of free agency. Once price tags start dropping, the Panthers should be able to afford a free agent or two.


Coach Sean Payton made it sound like the Saints have made their pitch to free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and are waiting for him to make a decision. It’s believed he’ll be choosing between San Francisco and New Orleans, unless another team enters the mix.


General manager Mark Dominik talked about how rare shutdown corners are. He didn’t get into all the trade rumors about New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who might be the only true shutdown cornerback available this year. But it’s pretty obvious the Bucs are at least interested in Revis. I’m not sure any other team has the ability to trade for Revis and sign him to a long-term contract. So the Bucs might be wise to go slowly and see if the Jets’ asking price drops.