K Matt Bosher
Round 1: Alabama WR Julio Jones
Round 3: Georgia LB Akeem Dent
Round 5: Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers
Round 6: Miami K Matt Bosher
Round 7a: Fresno State G Andrew Jackson
Round 7b: South Carolina DE Cliff Matthews
Best Pick: Jones. He better be the best pick of this draft for the Falcons, as they mortgaged a good portion of their future to get him, but he and Roddy White could be a deadly combination before long.
Worst Pick: Bosher. Matt Bryant converted 28 of his 31 field-goal attempts this past season, and even if he is scheduled to be a free agent, a team obviously in Super-Bowl-or-bust mode would be foolish to hand its kicking duties over to a rookie.
Analysis: Part of the price for acquiring Jones was less of a chance to stock up on both defensive linemen and defensive backs, but the presence of Rodgers might be really interesting as a change-of-pace option to Michael Turner.
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DT Sione Fua
Round 1: Auburn QB Cam Newton
Round 3a: South Florida DT Terrell McClain
Round 3b: Stanford DT Sione Fua
Round 4: West Virginia CB Brandon Hogan
Round 5: Hawaii Kealoha Pilares
Round 6a: Connecticut LB Lawrence Wilson
Round 6b: Washington State G Zack Williams
Round 7: Auburn OT Lee Ziemba
Best Pick: Ziemba. The fact that he is not a very good athlete was painfully apparent at the Scouting Combine, but he protected Newton's blind side awfully well in 2010 and not a lot of seventh-round offensive tackles have the collegiate résumé he brings with him.
Worst Pick: Fua. Another quality college player perhaps not athletic enough to be a difference maker at the next level, there was nothing about his performance during Senior Bowl week that suggested he was anything more than a fifth or sixth rounder.
Analysis: There isn't a whole lot to be excited about with Carolina's final seven picks, but if the first one works out and Newton is indeed worthy of the No. 1-overall selection, then the rest of the class is little more than a footnote.
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New Orleans Saints
DE Cameron Jordan
Round 1a: California DE Cameron Jordan
Round 1b: Alabama RB Mark Ingram
Round 3a: Illinois LB Martez Wilson
Round 3b: Louisville CB Johnny Patrick
Round 7a: Pittsburgh DE Greg Romeus
Round 7b: Illinois LB Nate Bussey
Best Pick: Jordan. A tremendously versatile defender along the line, he's big enough and fluid enough to play outside on running downs and then slide his way inside on passing downs.
Worst Pick: Bussey. However, that's only because each of the other five choices gets a thumbs-up on paper.
Analysis: After ending Jordan's undeserved slip down the board, the Saints gave up 2011's first-round pick to bring in Ingram, whose bruising style pairs nicely with Drew Brees and that productive passing attack -- both Wilson and Patrick should see the field plenty, too.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE Luke Stocker
Round 1: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
Round 2: Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers
Round 3: Washington LB Mason Foster
Round 4: Tennessee TE Luke Stocker
Round 5: Florida S Ahmad Black
Round 6: USC RB Allen Bradford
Round 7a: Florida International CB Anthony Gaitor
Round 7b: Idaho TE Daniel Hardy
Best Pick: Stocker. More tight ends got selected before him than anticipated, but he was excellent from start to finish at the Senior Bowl and is an ideal complement to Kellen Winslow in two-tight end sets.
Worst Pick: Bowers. It's hard to blame the Buccaneers for taking the nation's leading sacker considering all the natural ability he brings to the table, but remember this is the same organization that got next to nothing out of his mentor, the late Gaines Adams.
Analysis: This ballclub was in desperate need of not one defensive end but two, and despite landing two of the bigger names out there in Clayborn and Bowers, this could very well end up being a swing-and-a-miss situation.
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Best Draft in the NFC South: Saints
|John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.|