The NFC South featured four competitive teams with one legitimate Super Bowl contender. In the 2019 NFL Draft, all four teams focused on ancillary pieces - at least from a fantasy perspective - and not a single player who will help your fantasy teams this season (unless you play IDP, of course!)
The Saints were one of the most dominant teams all season and their season ended with a heartbreaking loss to the Rams in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. They moved up last year to take Marcus Davenport and only had a handful of picks in the 2019 draft. The Falcons featured an offense which seemingly scored at will but a defense marred by injuries led to them finishing the campaign with a 7-9 record despite Matt Ryan’s career year.
The Panthers also clawed their way to a 7-9 record with Christian McCaffrey lighting the NFL on fire and Cam Newton trying to stay on the field and fight through injuries. The Buccaneers threw the pigskin a ton with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston leading the way. A prolific offense couldn’t overcome the terrible defense, and this draft focused on getting the team balanced.
There isn’t much to report from a fantasy standpoint here. But below are a few of the pieces who may make a difference in one of the most offensive-focused divisions in the NFL.
Chris Lindstrom, OG Boston College (ROUND 1, 14th OVERALL)
Kaleb McGary, OT Washington (ROUND 1, 31st OVERALL)
Protecting Matt Ryan and providing running lanes for Devonta Freeman were the top priorities in the draft. Lindstrom is a quick and physical lineman best suited for zone schemes. He can move and counter well with defensive lineman but is not the strongest lineman overall. The Falcons then moved up and snared McGary at the end of the first round. McGary has always played tackle but might be more suitable inside where his lateral limitations won’t be as exposed. He might require a little more patience and may not start initially but both of these players are critical for the offense to have continued success.