It's going to be a long and busy day with the NFL draft starting Thursday night, so let's kick it off with a trip through the headlines from around the division:
In his final mock draft, D. Orlando Ledbetter has the Falcons taking cornerback Desmond Trufant at No. 30. I think that’s entirely possible. The Falcons could attempt to trade up for Dee Milliner and maybe even Xavier Rhodes. If they stay put, I see them taking Trufant or Boise State’s Jamar Taylor. I have a tough time seeing the Falcons address any position other than cornerback in the first round.
Charlotte Observer writers Joseph Person and Jonathan Jones are divided on the first pick for the Panthers. Person has Carolina taking defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and Jones has them taking defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. I think Lotulelei would be the priority, but I’m not sure he’ll make it until No. 14. I think safety Kenny Vaccaro also could be a possibility.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Bradley Handwerger points out that the Saints never have traded down in the first round since Mickey Loomis has been the general manager. I think there’s a decent chance that could change this year. The Saints, who are sitting at No. 15, could use an extra pick or two.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Roy Cummings writes that general manager Mark Dominik has the resources to move back into the first round even after giving up the No. 13 pick in the Darrelle Revis trade. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that happens. Dominik hopped back into last year’s first round to get Doug Martin and I can see him making a similar move this year.