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Around the NFC South

Time for a look at the latest headlines from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Jay Adams writes that the latest consensus among mock drafts is that the Falcons will take cornerback Desmond Trufant. That makes a lot of sense. Cornerback is the one position where the Falcons still have a glaring need. Trufant is a guy that could come in and start right away.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

An official said the city of Charlotte likely will fall short of its original pledge of $144 million to help finance renovations for Bank of America Stadium. The official also said there are no plans to use other tax dollars to help the Panthers. The team hasn’t given any official reaction.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

In their latest mock drafts, Nakia Hogan has the Saints taking LSU outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo at No. 15, and Larry Holder has the team taking Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. Both picks make plenty of sense. The Saints have a big need for a pass-rushing linebacker in their new 3-4 scheme.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Strange news out of Tampa Bay. Roy Cummings reports that the Bucs will re-sign backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who recently was released. I’d imagine Orlovsky will be coming back for less than the $1.5 million he had been scheduled to make in his previous contract, but it’s not like the Bucs have to pinch pennies because they’re so far under the salary cap. I still expect the Bucs to add another quarterback later in free agency or in the draft.

In his latest mock draft, Charlie Campbell has the Bucs taking Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes at No. 13. That, of course, comes with the assumption that the Bucs don’t trade that pick away for Darrelle Revis.