Two Atlanta Falcons rivals made moves to add defensive back prospects Monday night, at least according to said prospects. Clemson Tigers SS DeAndre McDaniel tweeted that he'd joined the New Orleans Saints, while North Carolina Tar Heels CB Kendric Burney said he's "staying home" before clarifying: "Panther nation."
Teams won't be able to officially sign UFAs until Tuesday morning, but it sounds like the NFC South has tentatively added the first two players from the 2011 crop. At least among those players with Twitter accounts.
The two were perhaps the highest-rated players on the entire UFA board, so ugh. If their additions signal an up-shoring (?) of NFC South pass defenses, it might be a good thing the Atlanta Falcons increased their weaponry in the NFL Draft.
Mocking The Draft cites Burney's lack of size and speed as reasons for his NFL Draft slip, but points out his smarts, and describes McDaniel as a "do-it-all" defensive back who's strong against both the run and the pass.