In an effort to decide which team will win the NFC South in 2013, I’ve decided to rank the four players in the division at each of the 11 positions on offense, 11 on defense, punter, place kicker, and one specialist. Each team will have one representative at each position and will be given points based on where their player lands in relation to the others who play the same position in the division. The best player in the division will receive four points while the worst will receive just one. We will then tally the points up, and come up with the a ranking of the four teams in the NFC South.
The final defensive position in the rankings, it’s the free safeties.
#1 – Dashon Goldson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4 points
The Buccaneers had a weakness in the secondary. To fix the weakness they targeted the best. They got Dashon Goldson, one of the best. The Hawk is ready to not only be the vocal leader of the back end of the revamped Buc secondary, but he’s also going to teach Mark Barron and likely make him better. The Bucs gave him a monster paycheck, now it’s time for him to go out and earn it.
#2 – Thomas DeCoud – Atlanta Falcons – 3 points
This guy always seems to eat the Buccaneers alive. Whether it’s making the huge interception or coming up with a massive tackle or pass breakup, his name is always in the mix. He and William Moore are becoming a nice tandem, expect them to grow even more this season.
Tie #3 – Haruki Nakamura – Carolina Panthers – 1.5 points
Nakamura was okay at best a year ago. But he didn’t play nearly as much as he looks to this year. He’s a real question mark in the Panther’s secondary. Could be a nice surprise, but also might be an issue. Games against tough QB/WR combos will really test him.
Tie #3 – Malcolm Jenkins – New Orleans Saints – 1.5 points
Jenkins has been underwhelming thus far in his career. The late first round pick from Ohio State was expected to become a staple in the Saints defense. But he’s struggled, missing tackles and allowing far too many completed passes directed toward him. With a rookie as his safety partner, the Saints might again be a nightmare against the pass.
The rankings are now complete. Be sure to check out the NFC South Position Rankings roundup to see point totals and observations based on the rankings.