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2016 NFL Draft: Looking at the NFC South's Draft Haul

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Our focus has been entirely on Atlanta's draft haul the last several days, and now it's time to take a quick look at how the rest of the teams in the division did this past weekend.

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New Orleans Saints

Round 1: DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

Round 2: WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State

Round 2: S Vonn Bell, Ohio State

Round 4: DT David Onyemata, Manitoba

Round 7: RB Daniel Lasco, California

The Saints are probably the most improved out of the other three teams in the NFC South, finding what looks like three new starters who are actually pretty decent prospects. Rankins is a guy a lot of us were slamming the table for in the final weeks before draft time, and the Thomas and Bell picks provide day 1 starters as well. I hate to say it, but the Saints had a pretty darn good draft.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round 1: CB Vernon Hargraves III, Florida

Round 2: LB Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

Round 2: PK Robert Aguayo, Florida State

Round 4: CB Ryan Smith, North Carolina Central

Round 5: OT Caleb Benenoch, UCLA

Round 6: OLB Devante Bond, Oklahoma

Round 6: FB Dan Vitale, Northwestern

A kicker in the second? Really? No kidding, I don't care how good the guy is, no one in their right mind is taking a kicker in the second round, and trading up for him at that. Other than that, the Bucs did fairly well in most of the draft. The team brought in a diverse range of talent at multiple positions, and could have the steal of the draft on their hands with Noah Spence in the 2nd. That first round corner they picked up ain't too shabby either.

Carolina Panthers

Round 1: DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

Round 2: CB James Bradberry, Samford

Round 3: CB Daryl Worley, West Virgina

Round 5: CB Zach Sanchez, Oklahoma

Round 7: TE Beau Sandland, Montana State

The rich keep getting richer on Carolina's defensive line. The Panthers really understand the need to collapse the pocket in a division with Quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Jameis Winston. And tell me if I'm wrong, but it looks like they're trying to find a replacement for Josh Norman. Their 2nd rounder Bradberry didn't draft much attention going in, and could have been a reach at that spot. Aside from their first pick, the Panthers draft haul is a little underwhelming, comparatively.

What are your thoughts on the rest of the NFC South's picks, and how well do they stack up against Atlanta's?