|Grading the Draft: Arizona Cardinals
Held back by pathetic quarterback play last season, the Cardinals decided to trade for Carson Palmer rather than take a chance on any of this year’s QB prospects in the first two rounds. For a team with plenty of holes on both sides of the ball and a star receiver going to waste this was probably a wise move, especially after Arizona used their first pick to provide some protection for Palmer and whoever winds up succeeding him. Chris Tripodi breaks down the Arizona draft class...
|Grading the Draft: New Orleans Saints
The Saints were a bit pick deficient entering the draft and came to the event with several needs on defense. Moving to a 3-4 next season, the team needed scheme specific players and did a good job drafting value most of the way through...
|Grading the Draft: Atlanta Falcons
With a secondary that struggled in 2013 and Pro Bowl quarterbacks on two of the other three rosters in the NFC South, Atlanta decided to focus on upgrading their defensive backfield with their first two picks. They did just that with two cornerbacks who could be their starting tandem within a year or two but as Chris Tripodi reports below, the rest of their draft left something to be desired...
|Grading the Draft: Carolina Panthers
With a new general manager, a head coach hanging on by a thread and holes on both sides of the ball, this was a critical draft for the Carolina Panthers. The bad news was the franchise had just five picks and needed maximum effect from all their selections...