Three of the four teams in the NFC South made a concerted effort to increase their offensive firepower in this spring’s draft. Their attempts to overtake last season’s division winner, and Super Bowl runner-up — the Atlanta Falcons — could hinge more on their ability to slow Matt Ryan’s squad down on defense.
Atlanta, on the other hand, focused on increasing their stopping power this offseason, spending their top-two picks on the defensive side of the ball. The quarterbacks and receivers in the NFC South may get most of the publicity, but these defenses will play a big role in crowning the division winner. And with a host of young talent entering these rivalries, there will .be a few new players who become household names, as well as veterans relinquishing the roles they’ve held in the past. Here’s a look at this season’s NFC South IDP winners and losers.
Sheldon Rankins, DT NO – Winner