Commentary

Plugging the holes: NFC South

All four division squads need defensive help

Originally Published: May 10, 2010
By David Gardner | Football Outsiders
Anderson/Brown/BarberGetty ImagesAnderson, Brown and Barber represent areas of needed upgrade in the NFC South.

How this works: Back on Feb. 19, Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders penned this piece on pre-draft needs for NFC South squads. With the draft done -- check Mel Kiper Jr.'s grades here and Todd McShay's grades here -- FBO revisits the NFC South.

Atlanta Falcons: Defensive end

Heading into the draft, we wrote that defensive end was the Falcons' biggest need -- and then the Falcons ignored the position completely in the draft.

Defensive end John Abraham, the Falcons' premier pass-rusher, had only 5.5 sacks last year. As a team, the Falcons were 26th in the NFL with 5.6 percent adjusted sack rate. ASR measures sacks and intentional groundings per pass player, adjusting for situation and opponent.