Todd McShay’s final mock draft is out, so let’s take a look at the NFC South portion.
At No. 14, McShay has the Panthers taking Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. At least in mock drafts, Lotulelei’s stock seems to be dropping in recent days. Early on, the consensus was that he’d be a top-10 pick. If he makes it to No. 14, I think the Panthers would be delighted to get him. If not, I think they would be content with defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson or safety Kenny Vaccaro.
McShay has the New Orleans Saints taking LSU defensive end/outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo. He’d be a great fit in the 3-4 scheme, but I’m not sure Mingo makes it out of the top 10. Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones could be the fallback option.
At No. 30, McShay has the Falcons taking Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant. I think that would be a solid pick. But I think Atlanta is a team to keep an eye on once the draft gets underway. General manager Thomas Dimitroff isn’t afraid to make big moves and I could see him trying to trade into the top 10 to get Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. I could also see Dimitroff trying to trade into the late teens or early 20s to get Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes.