Which newcomer will make the biggest impact in the NFC South this season? Our division reporters give their picks.
Jenna Laine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter: DeSean Jackson, Bucs WR. He dramatically changes a Bucs offense that has struggled going over the top and with the deep ball. Tampa Bay was the only team in the NFL last season that failed to complete a pass play of at least 50 yards. Jackson has 21 50-yard touchdown receptions since 2008, the most in the league during that span and fifth-most in league history. Teams can't double up on Mike Evans with Jackson lining up on the other side and rookie tight end O.J. Howard coming across the middle.
Vaughn McClure, Atlanta Falcons reporter: Howard, Bucs TE. Opposing defenses will have to play plenty of attention to Evans and Jackson in the Buccaneers' passing game, which will create opportunities for Howard to thrive. He's a gifted athlete with long arms and, at 6-foot-6, is a big target. Some folks believe he was underutilized as a pass-catcher in college at Alabama. Well, Bucs coach and offensive guru Dirk Koetter will find a way to make sure Jameis Winston gets Howard the ball.
David Newton, Carolina Panthers reporter: For me it comes down to two players the Panthers considered for the No. 8 pick -- Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Alabama tight end Howard. Carolina went with McCaffrey, leaving Howard to Tampa Bay at No. 19. That, by the way, was a steal. For the same reason Carolina chose McCaffrey I am choosing him here. He was the most dynamic offensive player in the draft. Add him to the mix as a running back, slot receiver and punt returner, and you're talking about a player who can have a huge impact on three phases. He also will be key in the evolution of the Carolina offense to depend less on quarterback Cam Newton as a runner.
Mike Triplett, New Orleans Saints reporter: Dontari Poe, Falcons DT. Every other team in the NFC South made a splashier move on offense (Adrian Peterson to the Saints, Jackson to the Buccaneers, McCaffrey to the Panthers). But I think the defending NFC champions got the biggest-impact newcomer of them all. Poe (6-foot-3 and 340 pounds as of his latest weigh-in) will beef up Atlanta's rising young defense in a big way. He can be a disruptive force up the middle as both a run-stuffer and pass-rusher, and he will also occupy blockers and free up last season's breakout young athletes like defensive end Vic Beasley Jr. and linebacker Deion Jones in that front seven. The Falcons' defense isn't a dominant unit, but it was good enough to reach the Super Bowl last season and should only get better now.