Audibles Podcast: Breaking down the offseason in the NFC South

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Drew Brees (top) and the Saints should be the heavy favorites in the NFC South in 2014.

Can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers become the next team to go from worst to first? Will the Panthers pull off the inverse? Those are just a few of the burning questions that SI.com’s John DePetro, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar examine in this edition of the Audibles Podcast.

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Other topics include:

• Rookies poised to make an impact in Year 1: "Brandin Cooks, without question," says Doug Farrar. "You put him and Kenny Stills in a Drew Brees' offense, [giving] you two deep slot guys … Brees has already alluded to the fact that they might use Cooks in the Darren Sproles-role, and I was so impressed with his [Cooks'] college tape."

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• Dream Hard Knocks team: "The obvious choice is Cleveland, right?" asks Chris Burke. "Everyone wants to see what Johnny Football is up to. ... Cleveland would have been a home run for HBO."

• Pick one quarterback for just 2014: Matt Ryan or Cam Newton: "I would say for one year, I'd take Newton, and I don't even think it's close," says Doug Farrar. "Newton has a better arm, he's far more athletic, I think he has a far bigger upside. With Matt Ryan you sort of know what you got."

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