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NFL Draft Grades Have Saints Outshining Falcons Through Three Rounds

With three 2011 NFL Draft rounds through, the idea of grading each team's draft seems a little more worthwhile than it did after just one. The NFC South's grades are all over the map --'s Brian Galliford gives the Atlanta Falcons a B-, the New Orleans Saints an A, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a B+ and the Carolina Panthers, who started off the whole thing, a C+.

Your reaction to the Falcons' round one selection of Julio Jones will determine pretty much your entire sentiment about the team's 2011 class. ESPN's Pat Yasinkas, like a panel of my associates whom I polled, agreed that Jones is an incredible talent, but that the Falcons took a big risk in going for him. A number of national writers love the pick, while Falcons fans were floored by the pick but have started to right themselves.

We have more on the Falcons' first three rounds and on how SEC and ACC players fared in the first three rounds. For national coverage, check out SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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