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Charles Davis and I shared duties on "NFL Draft Review" on NFL Network, so I wanted to make sure I gave you my thoughts on the rest of the teams I didn't cover on the show.

Carolina Panthers

It will be interesting, given the shortened offseason, to see whether Jimmy Clausen or top pick Cam Newton starts the season as Carolina's starting quarterback. The Panthers need some help on their defensive line. Defensive end Charles Johnson is a guy they have to re-sign. They drafted two defensive tackles in the third round --South Florida's Terrell McClain and LSU's Drake Nevis -- both of whom will compete for snaps this year. I think they'll both be in the rotation.

Then a guy who nobody really has focused on is the Panthers' fourth-round pick, Brandon Hogan, a cornerback from West Virginia who is a talented but troubled athlete. Veteran Richard Marshall is a potential free agent, and Carolina isn't really gifted back there on the edges. So Hogan is a kid who, if he keeps his nose clean, can compete for snaps.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

"Too small, too slow but boy can he play."

-- Mayock on Buccaneers fifth-round pick Ahmad Black

The two defensive end the Buccaneers took at No. 20 and No. 51 -- Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers -- there's a wow factor there. It's kind of a medical boom-or-bust factor. They're both talented enough to be first-round picks, but they both slid because of different medical issues. If they both can play like first-rounders, then Tampa Bay got a couple of steals at a position of need.

In the third round, the Bucs took Mason Foster, one of the few guys in the draft who might be able to play all three linebacker positions. Witt Barrett Ruud and Quincy Black both potential free agents, Foster could see more playing time than people expect.

Luke Stocker, their fourth-round tight end, is another important component. Kellen Winslow is a little more of a vertical threat. This kid can be an in-line guy who can block and catch.

Then the Bucs got two of my favorite late-round picks. In the fifth, they took safety Ahmad Black out of Florda. Too small, too slow, but boy can he play. And in the seventh, they got Anthony Gaitor, a little corner from Florida International who I think might compete for their nickel slot.

Falcons' draft picks
Rd
Sel. #
Player
Pos.
School
1
6
WR
Alabama
3
91
LB
Georgia
5
145
RB
Oregon State
6
192
K
Miami (Fla.)
7
210
OL
Fresno State
7
230
DL
South Carolina
» Falcons' pick-by-pick analysis
Panthers' draft picks
Rd
Sel. #
Player
Pos.
School
1
1
QB
Auburn
3
65
DL
South Florida
3
87
DL
LSU
4
119
RB
Syracuse
6
188
DB
Michigan State
» Panthers' pick-by-pick analysis
Saints' draft picks
Rd
Sel. #
Player
Pos.
School
1
24
DE
California
1
28
RB
Alabama
3
72
LB
Illinois
3
88
DB
Louisville
7
226
DL
Pittsburgh
7
243
LB
Illinois
» Saints' pick-by-pick analysis
Buccaneers' draft picks
Rd
Sel. #
Player
Pos.
School
1
20
DE
Iowa
2
51
DE
Clemson
3
84
LB
Washington
4
104
TE
Tennessee
5
151
SS
Florida
6
187
RB
USC
7
222
DB
Florida International
7
238
TE
Idaho
» Buccaneers' pick-by-pick analysis

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