The Saints are in a tail spin and their cap situation is horrendous for the next couple years. I think the Brees-Payton window is closing pretty quick down there and they had better start grooming a QB or they are going to revert back to the Aaron Brooks days.
The Falcons are a mystery to me. I don't think Matt Ryan is that bad and they have some offensive weapons with Julio, Douglas, White, and A. Smith. They need a better o-line and run game. Their defense also needs addressing, but they could focus on that through the draft. The wildcard with them is their coach. if Mike Smith stays, they will continue to meddle in the 7-9 to 10-6 range year after year.
The Bucs need a QB and a pass rush. They have some promising pieces, but they need to hit on some picks. I'm not enamored with Lovie Smith as a head coach, but he needs to fix the defense before he is able to succeed in Tampa. They had better draft an impact player with their high pick. All the talk will likely be Mariotta to Tampa, but I wonder if Lovie has the guts to put his coaching career on the back of a rookie. He seems a little too old school and hard headed to let that happen. My guess is they draft a DE at #1 or #2.
The panthers are just incredibly inconsistent. I'd say we have better pieces in place on defense than all the teams in our division, but our offense is clearly the weakest. Hopefully, this entire offseason is geared towards revamping the offense. I think they can do it in one offseason if they put the sole focus on it and do the following:
-Sign FA LT (it doesn't matter who. Anyone is an upgrade over Bell at this point)
-Extend Remmers (Is he great, no. Is he better than Chandler, yes. Is he the most viable starting RT option on this team currently, yes).
-Start Norwell, Kalil, and Turner in the middle
-Post June 1st Cut D-Will
-Draft best available WR in round one (ideally a speed guy or a guy with great hands). We have our physical threat in KB
-Turn the RB duties over to Stew, with Fozz subbing in
-If the opportunity presents itself to take a good RB in the second, do it. We all know Stewart is not made for a 16 game season and i don't have faith that Fozzy could handle the load. If you get the chance to get a good back in the 2nd, take him.