2024 NFL Mock Draft: Trades impact each NFC South team's first-round selection

Carolina Panthers traded last year, Atlanta Falcons move down, New Orleans Saints move up and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win in our NFL Mock Draft featuring NFC South teams.
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The NFC South is unquestionably the weakest in the NFL. Unfortunately, one team from the division will make the playoffs and surely lose to the No.5 seed, which appears to be the Dallas Cowboys. So, by default, the Cowboys will get a playoff win; thanks a lot, NFC South. That brings us to the NFL Draft.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons need a lot of help as they all jockey for position to step and assume the crown in the South of the NFC. We are finishing our series of NFL Mocks mid-season mock drafts with the NFC South.

NFC South teams move up and down NFL Draft board

The Panthers are the worst team in all football and should be drafting Marvin Harrison Jr with the No.1 pick. However, they traded that pick to the Bears to move up to the No.1 last year to select Bryce Young. That pick hasn't aged well, but the Panthers have the 33rd and 65th picks to turn it around. So that is the last we will hear from them today.

The Falcons have the No.10 pick, and we took a trip into the draft class to asses where they could go with that pick earlier this week. Kool-Aid, Keon Coleman, and Jayden Daniels are available, so the Falcons have their pick.

The Saints will be selecting at No.11 and have some needs on the offensive line to fill: JC Latham, Joe Alt, or Olumuyiwa Fashanu should fall to 11, so that's the smart money choice for their pick.

The Buccaneers at 8-7 have the number 19 picked today with needs on the O-line and safety. They are also looking at a potential QB issue with Baker Mayfield, a UFA; as good as he has been this year, is he the long-term solution? Can they get by with him another year? Also, they are looking at the potential departure of one of the most dominant wideouts in the league, Mike Evans, with expiring contact and elite performance this season.

So, without any further delay, let's get drafting. Wait! We have a trade.