Ranking NFC South offensive players post-Free Agency

As the dust settles on free agency, let's take a look at the NFC South's best positional groups.

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Pass Catchers (WR and TE)

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Trey Palmer, Cade Otton
2. Atlanta Falcons - Drake London, Darnell Mooney, Rondale Moore, Kyle Pitts
3. New Orleans Saints - Chris Olave, Rashid Shaheed, Cedrick Wilson, Juwan Johnson
4. Carolina Panthers - Diontae Johnson, Adam Thielen, Jonathan Mingo, Terrace Marshall Jr.

The wide receiver duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin is one of the best tandems in the NFL, let alone the division. Throw in an emerging Cade Otton at tight end Trey Palmer going into Year 2 and they are the cream of the crop in the South.

The Falcons have had talented skill position players in recent years but no quarterback to showcase them. Now with Cousins in the mix, London, Pitts and Mooney are an exciting trio.

Chris Olave is one of the best young wideouts in the game today. His catch radius and route running are insane. Unfortunately, there is not much else behind him. Juwan Johnson is an average NFL TE and Rashid Shaheed is a pure deep threat.

Carolina added Diontae Johnson via trade which certainly helps. However, I'm not convinced he is the alpha receiver that he makes himself out to be.

Adam Thielen had a nice resurgent year as the target hog for the Panthers but I don't see that happening again. DJ Chark is a fine piece and Terrace Marshall Jr has some upside.

Offensive Line

  1. Atlanta Falcons
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  3. New Orleans Saints
  4. Carolina Panthers

The Falcons have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. They were one of the highest graded lines per PFF. Chris Lindstrom at RG is one of the best at his position in the NFL.

The Buccaneers sport arguably the best offensive tackle in football in Tristan Wirfs. He made the move from RT to LT in 2023 look like a breeze as he maintained his All-Pro level. Luke Goedeke grew rapidly at the other tackle spot. Guard, especially LG, remains an ongoing question though.

The Saints offensive line has slowly been trending in the wrong direction in recent years despite draft capital and money being thrown at it. Carr was under a lot of pressure last season and the Saints don't have many options to improve it right now.

A recurring theme of these rankings are the Panthers coming up at the rear. Bryce Young had one of the worst offensive lines in football in front of him for his rookie season and not much has changed.

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