Continuing our analysis of the top winners and losers from each division post-NFL draft, we’re going to take a deep dive into the NFC South. The Panthers, Falcons, and Buccaneers feature potent offenses and the Saints were arguably the best team in the NFC last season. The draft didn’t bring much to the division with instant superstars and difference-makers but they addressed many glaring needs. Each team made moves to improve via free agency as well.
Which veterans saw their situations improve from the NFL Draft to potentially move into/stay in this group? Conversely, which players saw their potential value this season take a hit? Let’s get into it.
Matt Ryan, QB ATL
Drafting two linemen in the first round addressed a huge need - protecting their aging quarterback. Ryan had a career year in 2018, tossing for nearly 5,000 yards and connecting on 35 scores versus seven interceptions - despite being sacked 42 times in the 16-game season.