Rd. 1, Pk. 31
Jordan Willis, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Kansas State
It was a bit odd to see the Falcons eschew their pass rush in the 2016 NFL Draft, especially when Shaq Lawson dropped to them at No. 17. I'm sure that after seeing their defenders struggle to get to the quarterback - save for Vic Beasley, who has improved - they'll be desperate for someone who can apply pressure on opposing signal-callers in the 2017 NFL Draft. Jordan Willis has the great athleticism the Falcons often look for in their prospects.
*** OTHER 2017 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. T.J. Watt or Derek Rivers, DE/OLBs - Here are two other edge-rushing options who make sense for the Falcons.
2. Forrest Lamp, G - The Falcons are rumored to be trading up. One player they could target is Lamp, who would provide a much-needed boost at guard.
Rd. 2, Pk. 31
Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
The Falcons could stand to improve some areas of their defense, but they could also upgrade one area of the offensive line. Chris Chester was the lone liability up front, and he's not even on the team anymore. I don't think the Rams need any neighborly advice telling them that they need to bolster the one weakness on the blocking unit.
Rd. 3, Pk. 31
Dalvin Tomlinson, DT/NT, Alabama
The Falcons could stand to upgrade the interior of their defensive line, and they could be targeting someone like Dalvin Tomlinson.
Rd. 4, Pk. 29
Elijah McGuire, RB, La.-Lafayette
Devonta Freeman will be a free agent next offseason, so the Falcons could stand to add some insurance at running back.
Rd. 5, Pk. 30
Tanner Vallejo, ILB, Boise State
Philip Wheeler has played far too many snaps for the Falcons this year, so they should make sure that doesn't happen again.
Rd. 7, Pk. 31
Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
Robert Davis is the sort of talented athlete the Falcons covet, and Taylor Gabriel will be a free agent next season.
The Falcons grab a right guard upgrade to finish off their offensive line.
Prior to a high ankle sprain that ended his practice week, Lamp (6-3, 305) performed well at the Senior Bowl after an excellent collegiate career. He made 39 straight starts and was a tough lineman at the point of attack. Lamp is a tough blocker who is well-rounded as a run blocker and pass protector. He lacks length, however, and should move inside to guard in the NFL. Similar to Cody Whitehair last year, Lamp's best position could be center. Team sources have said they could see Lamp going in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Budda Baker, S, Washington
The Falcons could use a free safety upgrade next to Keanu Neal, where Baker would be a perfect fit.
In 2016, Baker totaled 65 tackles with two interceptions and five passes broken up. He needs to get stronger to tackle in the NFL, but Baker is a fast safety who flies around the field. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder has the ability to help in pass coverage and is a willing tackler in the ground game. Returning for his senior year and adding strength would have been his best route before going pro, but Baker decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
In 2015, Baker recorded 49 tackles with seven passes broken up and two interceptions. He had 80 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception as a freshman.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Daeshon Hall, DE/3-4OLB, Texas A&M
The Falcons could use a base end to go on the other side from Vic Beasley.
In 2016, Hall collected 50 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted. He had some good games for the Aggies, but wasn't consistent with his pass-rush production. The senior (6-5, 265) was solid against the run, however.
Hall looked poised to break out in 2015 after picking up an impressive four sacks against Louisville in Week 1. It turned out, however, that the performance was an anomaly, as the junior finished the year with a total of 54 tackles with 12.5 for a loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. Despite seeing great pass-rushing opportunities playing across from Myles Garrett, Hall wasn't consistent.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
Atlanta could use a more interior defensive line depth with Jonathan Babineaux aging.
In 2016, Walker totaled seven tackles with two for a loss and four passes broken up. He only played in four games because of a concussion and quit the team early in order to prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Walker was one of the few Oklahoma players who impressed in the 2016 opener against Houston, collecting three tackles, 1.5 for a loss and a pass batted. He had an impressive 2015 season with 36 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble.
Walker displayed enough speed, strength and versatility to play end or tackle for Oklahoma, allowing him to be disruptive at the point of attack. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder is talented and was cleared medically at the combine.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
The Falcons go with the best player available and add some wide receiver competition.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Elijah McGuire, RB, La.-Lafayette
The Falcons go with the best player available to add some running back depth.
As I watched the Super Bowl I saw that the Defensive line was quickly worn out by the start of the first half. I realized that age is creeping up on most of the line on defense so it may be time to look the other direction for talent.
Whether out of the two or three point stance, Harris fires off the ball, giving would-be blockers a legitimate speed threat to worry about. His burst forces tackles wide and Harris complements his speed with an effective spin counter back inside, showing lateral agility and balance. He locates the ball quickly and pursues the ball with passion, including far downfield. Harris looks comfortable rushing the passer out of the two point stance and can flip his hips and change directions quickly, demonstrating the kind of athleticism to potentially handle some linebacker duties, as well. Harris wins with his explosive burst and agility to elude pass blockers but he's also surprisingly strong, keeping his butt low and his limbs locked out to anchor in the running game. He latches onto ball-carriers attempting to run past him, showing the strength to pull them down while fending off blockers.
*Gets on soap box*
I laugh at all those people who called Vic Beasley a bust. They obviously don’t follow football at ALL.
He was rookie last year, not everyone is going to be AMAZING out of the gate. And it’s not like many colleges really prepare players to play in the NFL – they prepare players to play THEIR scheme in college which can be completely different than what an NFL team does.
*Gets off soap box*
Ahem. That being said the Falcons definitely need more help along the defensive line either at the DT or DE position, really couldn’t go wrong. While DT might be more of a pressing need I don’t think the talent is really here at this spot, while the talent is still really good at DE which is why they go for that position here.
The Falcons could use an interior disruptor and a five-technique. McDowell could be an absolute steal in the second round. <br> <br>
McDowell totaled 34 tackles with seven for a loss and just 1.5 sacks in 2016, but was very disruptive with pressure on the quarterback. He was a backup in 2014, but broke out in 2015. At times during that season, McDowell was the Spartans' most disruptive defensive lineman. He totaled 41 tackles with 13 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick-six on the year. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder has a lot of upside to develop. Teams love his skill set, but have concerns about his work ethic in the weight room and motor. They also feel that McDowell seemed to be protecting himself in his final games. They question his desire to be great and love of football. Still, he would be a perfect fit as a five-technique in a 3-4 defense. Sources from multiple teams have McDowell as a high first-round talent and like him more than Arik Armstead and similarly to DeForest Buckner.
The Falcons could use an upgrade to the interior of their defensive line and a young pass-rusher to be the future replacement for Jonathan Babineaux. <br> <br>
Brantley has 28 tackles with 8.5 for a loss, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2016. He has been very disruptive with quickness at the point of attack and was superb against Tennessee and Georgia. The 6-foot-2, 314-pounder uses his agility to fire through his gap and routinely achieves penetration into the backfield. He is a dangerous interior pass-rusher. <br> <br>
Brantley flashed a lot of disruption at the point of attack as a redshirt sophomore in 2015. He totaled 29 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks last season. While that isn't a huge sack total, it is a quality number for an interior defender, and Brantley showed the potential to be a three-down defender in the NFL.
Team Needs : DT * DE * OT * OG * OLB * ILB * TE
The Falcons gained valuable experience this season and will be able to add depth and talent to challenge starters spots this off season. With UFA OG Chris Chester turning 35 before next season and OG Andy Levitre 32 and a UFA in 2018, now would be a good time to add an heir apparent.
Forrest Lamp is one of the most technically sound left tackles in this class, unfortunately he has short little tyrannosaurs arms 30 ", it may not sound all that terrible but Tyrone Smith LOT for Dallas has 35 1/2 " arms and i guess thats the standard, so a move inside at the pro level looks inevitable, and lucky for the Falcons or Lamp would have been long gone at pic #31. Zach Martin was a LOT in college that is a now a pro bowl and he had the short arm ailment also.
Lamp at 6'4" 309 lbs is perhaps the most athletic gaurd in this class he moves well in space. Has “tackle” feet, which should be an advantage pulling, blocking for screens, or blocking at the second level.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 26
Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE/3-4OLB
So, let me get this straight? Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster fell because of injury concerns, yet Takkarist McKinley doesn't? Maybe McKinley could've gone a bit earlier, but he won't be able to play to open the 2017 season, unlike Allen and Foster. The Falcons are attempting to reach the Super Bowl this year, so not being able to have McKinley at full strength isn't ideal. He could be a great player for the Falcons once he's healthy, but the injuries are a concern. I'm giving the Falcons a "C" as a result. I don't like giving up the third-rounder to get McKinley when there were lots of good pass-rushers on the board.
Rd. 3, Pk. 11
Duke Riley, OLB/ILB
Duke Riley doesn't have much experience as a 1-year starter at LSU, but he was a big-time play-maker this past season. He's very athletic, which the Falcons love. Atlanta needed a linebacker, so this pick makes sense. Riley fits the range as a solid third-round prospect.
Rd. 4, Pk. 29
Sean Harlow, G
The Falcons had to fill a big void at guard, but I'm not sure Sean Harlow is the answer. He's a tough blocker, but has lacking athleticism and sub-par size. On the bright side, he's versatile, as he can play tackle or center in a pinch. He'll be a quality backup, but probably not much else.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Damontae Kazee, CB
Damontae Kazee fits the range, as I had him slated as a fifth-round pick, and teams can never have enough cornerback depth. Kazee seems like he'll play in the slot, where he could snatch a decent amount of interceptions if he gets the playing time because of his positive ball skills.
Rd. 5, Pk. 12
Brian Hill, RB
This is a great value pick for the Falcons, as Brian Hill was seen as a potential third-round prospect by some, including myself. Hill is a very talented runner, but really needs to work on his pass-protection skills. The Falcons are loaded at running back for now, but Devonta Freeman is an impending free agent after this season, so Hill provides insurance.
Rd. 5, Pk. 30
Eric Saubert, TE
Eric Saubert is an athletic tight end who was productive at Drake. He's a bit of a project, but he has big-time upside, and he could pass Austin Hooper if Hooper doesn't develop as expected. This is a solid choice.