Current picks: 6, 37, 68, 103, 139, 147, 182, 220, 253, 255
Needs: Pass rusher, offensive tackle, tight end
The Falcons have much more talent than their 4-12 record indicated last season, though depth has been affected by some iffy drafts in the past few seasons. The mantra has been to get bigger and stronger on defense, which led to the signings of defensive linemen Tyson Jackson and Paul Soliai. Atlanta will be more diverse schematically on that side of the ball, but pass protection and vertical production in the passing game are issues that must be addressed.
With the sixth overall pick, and the fifth pick in the second round, general manager Thomas Dimitroff has the chips — and if he wants to trade up to snag Jadeveon Clowney, that’s not out of the question. The tight end position will need to be addressed now that the ageless Tony Gonzalez has finally hung ‘em up. The top 10 is a bit early for either of the top prospects in this draft — North Carolina’s Eric Ebron and Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro — but the Falcons could get good value later on with Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas or Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz. And at some point, the offensive line that was an injury-plagued mess in 2013 must be improved. The Falcons could start by grabbing a franchise-level left tackle, since Sam Baker really hasn’t done the job in that department. If either Jake Matthews or Greg Robinson were to fall to the sixth slot, that’d be a great place to start.
Edited by Windu, April 26, 2014 - 08:24 AM.