NFC South draft grades: Thomas Dimitroff boosts Atlanta (again) – NFL.com

Why provide instant grades on the selections of prospects who have yet to take an NFL snap? Well, you’re reading this, aren’t you? Considering the makeup of every roster and the factors surrounding each pick, Gennaro Filice and Nick Shook attempt a division-by-division assessment of the 2018 NFL Draft. Below is Gennaro’s review of the NFC South.

NOTABLE SELECTIONS

BEST PICK: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
Carolina Panthers, Round 1, No. 24 overall

The Panthers landed the best receiver in this draft, and his Golden Tate-like game perfectly complements the existing weaponry in Cam Newton‘s arsenal. Devin Funchess and Greg Olsen are big-bodied targets, trade acquisition Torrey Smith takes the top off the defense, and Christian McCaffrey is a mismatch nightmare underneath. The 6-foot, 210-pound Moore, whose explosive athleticism was on full display at the NFL Scouting Combine, brings inside-outside versatility and special ability with the ball in his hands. Cam sent Ron Rivera a “thank you” text following the pick, and it’s easy to see why. Just ask franchise icon Steve Smith Sr., who offered some choice words after Moore’s selection: “They have never been able to replace me … until today.”

MOST SURPRISING PICK: Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
New Orleans Saints, Round 1, No. 14 overall

When the Saints gave away next year’s first-round draft pick in a trade that catapulted them up 13 spots, every football lover in America began fantasizing about a Lamar Jackson-Sean Payton marriage. Yeah, the price was steep, but if that were the cost of planning for life after Drew Brees, Saints fans would be able to stomach it. The potential of acquiring a franchise QB-in-waiting — one who just so happens to be a breathtaking playmaker — allows for spendthriftiness. That’s not what the Saints did, though, instead mortgaging their future on

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