On Friday night, the four NFC South teams made a commitment to defense by-and-large in the second and third rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft, with the idea of shutting down the other high-powered offenses in the division.
Atlanta Falcons: B+
TheRobert Alford out of Southeastern Louisiana. Alford has been a fast-rising player in the draft process because of his speed and agility, something that NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock believes will make him a solid player.only had one pick but continued to bolster their secondary by taking
Short is perhaps the best player to come out of the Big Ten conference this season. Short amassed 43 tackles and seven sacks last season, an impressive feat for an interior lineman. Paired with first-round pick Star Lotulelei, the Panthers could be onto something.
Seven spots later, New Orleans snatched up big John Jenkins, a nose tackle out of Georgia. Most pundits thought of Jenkins as a second-round talent, so he could be a steal here.
Finally, theJohnthan Banks out of Mississippi State. Banks slipped a bit after having a mediocre combine, but he still adds to a position of strength for Tampa that now includes Darrelle Revis. CBS Sports analyst Pete Prisco is also a fan of the pick.continued to address their secondary by taking
In the third round, the Buccaneers plucked quarterback Mike Glennon to backup and ultimately compete with Josh Freeman. Glennon needs to understand concepts better but has a major arm that can make all the throws at the NFL level. He's a solid project to work on.