NFC South rookie grades: Buccaneers, Saints ace their top picks (1 Viewer)

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By Nick Shook | Around The NFL Writer

With Super Bowl LIV in the books, the offseason is upon us. To get ready for the NFL Scouting Combine, free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft, Nick Shook and Gennaro Filice are taking a division-by-division look backward to evaluate each team's crop of 2019 rookies, weighing hits and misses -- then looking forward at areas for each squad to focus on in the coming months. Shook examines the NFC South below.

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Round 1: (No. 5 overall) Devin White, LB, 13 games/13 starts.
Round 2: (39) Sean Murphy-Bunting, CB, 16 games/10 starts.
Round 3: (94) Jamel Dean, CB, 13 games/5 starts; (99) Mike Edwards, S, 15 games/7 starts.
Round 4: (107) Anthony Nelson, DE, 9 games/1 start.
Round 5: (145) Matt Gay, K, 16 games/0 starts.
Round 6: (208) Scott Miller, WR, 10 games/2 starts.
Round 7: (215) Terry Beckner Jr., DT, 0 games/0 starts.

White (91 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three passes defensed, one pick, three forced fumbles) was a stud, proving himself worthy of the No. 5 pick. Murphy-Bunting (44 tackles, three picks) also proved to be a legitimate player as a rookie, as did Dean, who finished with 17 passes defended and two interceptions in 13 games. Edwards was a valuable contributor as well, recording 45 tackles, one sack and six passes defended. Gay solved Tampa Bay's kicking problem, showing off his strong leg on multiple occasions in making five of eight attempts from 50-plus yards. Miller caught just 13 passes but made the most of them, recording 200 yards (15.4 yards per catch) and a touchdown in 10 games. Nelson played a healthy amount of defensive snaps to go along with 111 snaps on special teams but didn't make a significant statistical mark. Beckner was suspended for violating the league's PED policy and eventually released.

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By Nick Shook | Around The NFL Writer

With Super Bowl LIV in the books, the offseason is upon us. To get ready for the NFL Scouting Combine, free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft, Nick Shook and Gennaro Filice are taking a division-by-division look backward to evaluate each team's crop of 2019 rookies, weighing hits and misses -- then looking forward at areas for each squad to focus on in the coming months. Shook examines the NFC South below.

RANK A- 1581559251105.png TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Round 1: (No. 5 overall) Devin White, LB, 13 games/13 starts.
Round 2: (39) Sean Murphy-Bunting, CB, 16 games/10 starts.
Round 3: (94) Jamel Dean, CB, 13 games/5 starts; (99) Mike Edwards, S, 15 games/7 starts.
Round 4: (107) Anthony Nelson, DE, 9 games/1 start.
Round 5: (145) Matt Gay, K, 16 games/0 starts.
Round 6: (208) Scott Miller, WR, 10 games/2 starts.
Round 7: (215) Terry Beckner Jr., DT, 0 games/0 starts.

White (91 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three passes defensed, one pick, three forced fumbles) was a stud, proving himself worthy of the No. 5 pick. Murphy-Bunting (44 tackles, three picks) also proved to be a legitimate player as a rookie, as did Dean, who finished with 17 passes defended and two interceptions in 13 games. Edwards was a valuable contributor as well, recording 45 tackles, one sack and six passes defended. Gay solved Tampa Bay's kicking problem, showing off his strong leg on multiple occasions in making five of eight attempts from 50-plus yards. Miller caught just 13 passes but made the most of them, recording 200 yards (15.4 yards per catch) and a touchdown in 10 games. Nelson played a healthy amount of defensive snaps to go along with 111 snaps on special teams but didn't make a significant statistical mark. Beckner was suspended for violating the league's PED policy and eventually released.

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As I read the list of Saints rookies I must admit, I was kind of disappointed in our haul overall until I got down to the last two names: Deonte Harris and Shy Tuttle. Those two made this draft an A+! CGJ is Honey Badger in the slot. And you can act like the game that he filled in for Vonn Bell doesn't stick out if you want to. Lol! McCoy upgraded Unger as a rookie! Hampton, Granderson and Ellis will be hanging around Airline Drive for a while too. Good draft.
 

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