Safety was a big need for the Falcons heading into this past draft, but they strangely ignored the position until the end of the seventh round. The team will continue to struggle against the pass, which may prompt the front office to consider the top safety in next year's class.
Rd. 2, Pk. 16
Landon Turner, G, North Carolina
The guard position is another spot on the offensive line that the Falcons could have upgraded in the 2015 draft. They can do so with a second-day selection next April.
The Falcons have a hole at safety, and Dan Quinn could be pained to watch Atlanta's safeties after getting used to Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor in Seattle. Landing a difference-maker in the back end could be critical for Quinn.
The Florida State defense was disappointing as a unit in 2014, but some individual players impressed. Ramsey (6-1, 204) was one of the team's best defenders with a lot of clutch tackles. He totaled 79 stops, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 12 passes broken up, two interceptions and two forced fumbles on the year. Ramsey was a force at safety, but is moving to corner in 2015. Some believe he can be a shutdown corner.
As a freshman in 2013, Ramsey started on the Seminoles National Championship team at safety and cornerback. He recorded 49 tackles and an interception that season.
Pick change; previously Tyler Boyd, WR
Rd. 2, Pk. 10
Shawn Oakman, DE/3-4DE, Baylor
The Falcons could use more talent on the other side from Vic Beasley. Adrian Clayborn only signed a 1-year deal, and he's not good. Neither is Kroy Biermann, and Tyson Jackson is a limited run-stuffer.
Many teams anticipated that Oakman would enter the 2015 NFL Draft, and according to multiple teams, they were grading him on Day 2. They felt he lacks instincts and technique, so he needs development. In some ways, Oakman is similar athlete and prospect to Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Margus Hunt, a second-round pick in 2013.
Oakman notched 48 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, three passes batted and three forced fumbles in 2014. Oakman (6-9, 280) cooled down as the season progressed. He looks like a great fit as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense or base end in a 4-3 defense. Sources said teams have some off-the-field concerns with Oakman that date back to his time at Penn State.