2020 NFL Draft NFC South reset: Division odds, crew grades, greatest picks, 2021 mock draft and extra

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From its inception in 2002 till 2014, the NFC South was by no means received by the identical crew in consecutive seasons. The Panthers received it in every of 2013, 2014, and 2015, although, and after the Falcons took it in 2016, the Saints have completed on high in every of the previous three seasons.

May 2020 be the primary time shortly the place the Saints do not emerge because the NFC South champs? The Buccaneers, seemingly an annual sleeper, now have Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski on their facet, and so they’ll be gunning for the highest spot as nicely. If the Falcons can determine their protection they may be capable to get into the combination, however even after spending a bunch of their draft capital on that facet of the ball, they nonetheless have a number of points left to be solved. In the meantime, the Panthers are in Stage 1 of a rebuilding mission that solely form of looks like a rebuilding mission — generally.

It is an enchanting division stuffed with star quarterbacks, offensive firepower, and a contender or two. Let’s test in on how they did through the draft. Groups are listed by their SportsLine 2020 win projection totals, with the most effective projected crew first.

New Orleans Saints

Crew Grade: B- (Pete Prisco)

Greatest decide: No. 74, LB Zack Baun (Josh Edwards)
Most questionable decide: No. 240, QB Tommy Stevens (Josh Edwards)
2021 mock draft decide: No. 29, LB Dylan Moses (Ryan Wilson)

Greatest fantasy query: Might tight finish Adam Trautman have a Yr 1 position for the Saints? (Ben Gretch)

SportsLine’s 2020 win projection: 10.8
William Hill season win complete: 10.5 (Over -110)
William Hill odds to win division: -110
William Hill odds to win Tremendous Bowl: +1100

There may be maybe no crew within the league extra all-in for 2020 than the Saints, who mortgaged elements of their future to maneuver up for 3 totally different gamers within the draft. Additionally they handed out a monster contract to Taysom Hill and signed Jameis Winston as their backup quarterback. They’d a busy week.

Edwards hit the nail on the top with Zack Baun because the Saints’ greatest decide, as he was a terrific mixture of want and worth as a possible first-rounder who someway fell all the way in which to the center of the third spherical. Cesar Ruiz ought to present precious depth on the inside of the offensive line in Yr 1 at a minimal, and will maybe even take over Larry Warford’s position at guard if he seems good in preseason. (Assuming the preseason occurs.) Tight finish Adam Trautman might not have a Yr 1 position, however he is a very good athlete and must be ready to take over for Jared Prepare dinner a yr or two down the road.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Crew Grade: B- (Pete Prisco)

Greatest decide: No. 161, WR Tyler Johnson (Josh Edwards)
Most questionable decide: No. 76, RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn (Josh Edwards)
2021 mock draft decide: No. 23, DB Richard LeCounte (Ryan Wilson)

Greatest fantasy query: Can Ke’Shawn Vaughn lead the backfield in 2020? (Ben Gretch)

SportsLine’s 2020 win projection: 8.8
William Hill season win complete: 9.5 (Over -140)
William Hill odds to win division: +150
William Hill odds to win Tremendous Bowl: +1200

We knew the Bucs needed to come away from the draft with a beginning deal with, and so they landed an excellent one in Tristan Wirfs, who fell to No. 13 regardless of being thought-about by some the most effective deal with within the draft. He ought to slide proper into the beginning lineup at proper deal with and improve the safety for Tom Brady, who additionally acquired a few new targets in operating again Ke’Shawn Vaughn and wideout Tyler Johnson, who’s a much better participant than his fifth-round draft slot however struggled with accidents in faculty.

An underrated Bucs protection additionally acquired extra strong on the again finish with the addition of Antoine Winfield Jr., a superb center-field kind who can clear up any messes left by the Bucs’ aggressive perimeter model. That is nonetheless not a very deep crew, however the expertise on the high is de facto robust.

Atlanta Falcons

Crew Grade: B- (Pete Prisco)

Greatest decide: No. 78, OL Matt Hennessy (Josh Edwards)
Most questionable decide: No. 134, DB Jaylinn Hawkins (Josh Edwards)
2021 mock draft decide: No. 9, LB Micah Parsons (Ryan Wilson)

Greatest fantasy query: Are the roles in Atlanta as clearly outlined as they appear? (Ben Gretch)

SportsLine’s 2020 win projection: 6.7
William Hill season win complete: 7.5 (Over -120)
William Hill odds to win division: +600
William Hill odds to win Tremendous Bowl: +6000

The Falcons kicked issues off by passing on CeeDee Lamb in favor of filling a necessity within the secondary, which they did by taking Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell. With the very subsequent decide, the Dallas Cowboys made the precise reverse choice and have been broadly praised for it within the days since. There isn’t any query that the Falcons had appreciable wants on protection coming into the draft, however because the Cowboys confirmed, there may be advantage to the thought of creating your offense even higher after which addressing the protection in a while.

Atlanta did find yourself utilizing three extra picks on protection, touchdown versatile defensive lineman Marlon Davidson to pair with Grady Jarrett up entrance, plus linebacker Mykal Walker and security Jaylinn Hawkins. Does that quartet deliver sufficient to the desk to make the Falcons even a median defensive unit? Think about me amongst those that doubt it. Nonetheless, Terrell and Davidson, specifically, have a shot to grow to be high quality starter-level gamers and will assist the Falcons on the facet of the ball the place they desperately need assistance.

It was additionally a bit shocking to see Atlanta not use a decide on a operating again or large receiver contemplating Todd Gurley’s harm points and the truth that all they’ve behind him is Ito Smith, Brian Hill, and Qadree Ollison, and that it seems like Russell Gage is ready to be their No. three wideout behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

Carolina Panthers

Crew Grade: A (Pete Prisco)

Greatest decide: No. 64, DB Jeremy Chinn (Josh Edwards)
Most questionable decide: No. 184, DL Bravvion Roy (Josh Edwards)
2021 mock draft decide: No. 5, QB Justin Fields (Ryan Wilson)

Greatest fantasy query: How do the targets break up out in Carolina? (Ben Gretch)

SportsLine’s 2020 win projection: 6.2
William Hill season win complete: 5.5 (Over -110)
William Hill odds to win division: +1400
William Hill odds to win Tremendous Bowl: +12500

Carolina used all seven of its draft picks so as to add gamers on protection, and it was fully crucial. They acquired issues began with athletic inside lineman Derrick Brown, who was efficient as each a run-stopper and pass-rusher at Auburn. Their reasoning for taking Brown fairly than do-it-all Clemson defender Isaiah Simmons does not maintain as much as scrutiny, however Brown is an efficient participant who ought to make an impression pushing the pocket from the within.

Including Yetur Gross-Matos to enrich Brian Burns on the sting was a crucial decide, and including three defensive backs (Jeremy Chinn, Troy Delight Jr., Kenny Robinson) with the following three picks was maybe much more crucial. The Panthers got here into the draft with a pleasant group of ability gamers on offense and a good offensive line however nearly no expertise outdoors of Burns and Shaq Thompson on protection; they left it with a bunch of possibilities at potential defensive starters up entrance and on the again finish.

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