NFC South Talent Grew Tremendously After 2011 NFL Draft

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Two of the best teams in NCAA Football come from the state of Alabama.  The NFC South landed three highly talented offensive first-round picks from Alabama and Auburn.

The Carolina Panthers, in what is indisputably a rebuilding year for the team, chose quarterback Cam Newton for his all-around athletic ability.  Newton played only one year at Auburn and is a long way from being fully prepared to produce in the NFL, but his raw talent is undeniable.

The Atlanta Falcons, at number twenty-seven in the draft order, risked five total draft picks (three in 2011, two in 2012) to acquire the sixth spot and draft wide receiver Julio Jones from Alabama.

Jones abilities showed at Alabama as he made quarterback Greg McElroy look a lot better than the NFL seems to think he is (drafted in 7th round to the New York Jets).

While Jones has top-tier abilities, the pressure to perform will be much higher given the numerous draft picks given up to acquire him.  If he does not perform in 2011, fingers will start pointing.

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