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Fantasy Football: NFC South Fallout From the 2017 NFL Draft

After the , I'm going through each division and analyzing how each team's draft impacts their outlook in 2017. The South may be one of the most intriguing divisions in the NFL this year.

Check out the NFC North Fantasy Football Fallout Here.

All four teams have looked to make improvements this offseason.

Atlanta Falcons Improve Rush Attack

The didn't do a whole lot of drafting on the offensive side of the ball. They added Sean Harlow out of Oregon State, and a power back from Wyoming, Brian Hill.

Like your , they did a lot to address the defensive side of the ball.

Obviously, Harlow has potential to help and will compete for playing time along their , but the defensive selections they made in the draft should allow them to improve on that side of the ball.

While the Falcons were able to get out to a commanding lead in the first half of the , their failure was their inability to grind the ball and run down the clock, make key stops, and finish the fight.

Improving the will allow them to hold onto more leads and close out games better, giving more opportunities for and Tevin Coleman to touch the ball at the end of games.

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Carolina Panthers Add Dynamic Duo

Pre-draft buzz led us to believe that Stanford would be a likely candidate for the eighth overall pick to the Carolina Panthers. His tape at Stanford showed he could play football and his workout proved he is an elite athlete. McCaffrey will be a dynamic weapon to the run-pass-option game that the Panthers love to run with Cam Newton.

And if that wasn't enough, the Panthers doubled-down on explosive offensive weaponry by adding utility extraordinaire Curtis Samuel.

McCaffrey is likely going to be the starting running back in Carolina for years to come and Samuel adds a Tyreek Hill/Ted Ginn element to the . Both players are going to be picks in your rookie dynasty drafts, but it remains to be seen where they go in re-drafts.

The Panthers also added a physical run blocker in Taylor Moton who should help McCaffrey, Newton, and Samuel find plenty of room to run. Carolina football is going to be fun to watch in 2017.

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Oct 8, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Alvin Kamara (6) in action during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeat the Volunteers 45-38 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron- Sports

New Orleans Saints Add Depth to Crowded Backfield

You can always count on the to add offense to their already impressive offensive group.

Alvin Kamara was receiving type comparisons in the pre-draft process and if that is the case, he is an excellent back to go in Sean Payton's high-octane offense.

Kamara's impact in year one may be limited by incumbent starter Mark Ingram and the newly signed . At worst, he will see a handful of touches each game to get his feet wet, but I envision he will lead the backfield by 2018.

Ryan Ramczyk will help keep Brees upright and give him time to get the ball to receivers , Willie Snead, and Ted Ginn Jr.

Fantasy Football: NFC South Fallout From the 2017 NFL Draft
Alabama's tries to get past Clemson's T.J. Green after a catch during the second half of the NCAA playoff championship game, in Glendale, Ariz. Whoever emerges as Alabama's will have targets galore, starting with star receiver and O.J. Howard. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Looking to Make the Leap

You'd think that a team featuring , , and 2016's leader in tight end touchdown receptions would feel pretty good about their offensive fire power.

I guess not because Tampa Bay added really promising players at each skill position.

OJ Howard will come in and compete with Cameron Brate for the starting tight end role. Chris Godwin has big time play making ability that will fit in nicely with Evans and Jackson. Godwin and Howard both offer additional athleticism to a Bucs offense that will be difficult to keep up with in 2017.

If Tampa Bay was weak in one area, it was at running back and they added one of my favorites in Jeremy McNichols from Boise St.

McNichols was a very productive player for the Broncos and will have an opportunity to come in and start with Doug Martin slated to be suspended for the first four games of 2017. McNichols' numbers compare very favorably to another former Bronco turned NFL runner; .

Jameis Winston is a quarterback that I will be targeting in any draft that I take place in. He is going to continue to show improvement and will put up big numbers in the .

The NFC South is going to be a ton of fun to watch this year.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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