Top post-draft needs: NFC South
Personnel gaps left for the Falcons, Panthers, Saints and Bucs
This is the final installment of an eight-part series in which Football Outsiders looks at the biggest post-draft needs for every NFL team. Last week consisted of the AFC teams, by division, while this week focused on the NFC.
Today, Outsiders looks at the NFC South.
Atlanta Falcons: Returner
Coach Mike Smith said early in the week that slot receiver Harry Douglas and reserve cornerback Dominique Franks were leading candidates for the return jobs. Douglas returned punts as a rookie in 2008, averaging 11.9 yards per return and scoring one touchdown. He also returned four kickoffs, uneventfully, that year. Franks returned one punt for zero yards last season.
The Falcons did not address the return game or receiver depth in the draft, but they did sign some rookie free agents who fit the return man profile.
To read the rest of Football Outsiders' analysis of the Atlanta Falcons, plus the biggest post-draft needs for every other team in the NFC South, you must be an ESPN Insider.
MORE NFL HEADLINES
- Lions' Raiola suspended 1 game for stomp
- Manziel ruled out; Browns add rookie Shaw
- Bears to start Cutler as Clausen concussed
- Arians: Cardinals to start rookie QB Thomas
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
The NFL on ESPN.com