Atlanta's defense has been better this season, but one weak link is the safety position. Both William Moore and Ricardo Allen have struggled. Moore will probably be given another chance, but Allen, a 2014 fifth-rounder, will have to be demoted to backup duties.
Pick change; previously Max Tuerk, C
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Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
Atlanta has a weak interior offensive line that could be exposed in more difficult matchups, so using a first-round pick on a center isn't the worst idea in the world.
Pick change; previously Kendall Beckwith, ILB
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With Roddy White on his way out soon, the Falcons will need to find a third receiver to go along with Julio Jones and Leonard Hankerson.
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The Falcons could use more linebacker help for Dan Quinn's defense. Cravens would be an immediate upgrade over Justin Durant.
Cravens has 27 tackles, two sacks, one pass breakup and an interception to open 2015. He totaled 68 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss, five sacks, three interceptions and nine passes broken up last season. Cravens was moved from safety to linebacker last year, and that looks like a better fit for him in the NFL.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder is physical, strong and quick. As a freshman, he totaled 52 tackles with four interceptions, one pass batted and a forced fumble. Cravens was named a Freshman All-American and a All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
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Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
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.
In 2015, Joseph was excellent leading the nation with five interceptions before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. He also had 20 tackles and was well balanced in coverage along with good run defense. In 2014, Joseph totaled 92 tackles, three passes broken up, one interception and two forced fumbles. He was all over the field against Alabama in that season's opener as he racked up 18 tackles with a tackle for a loss.
Joseph notched 70 tackles with four passes broken up and an interception in 2013. The previous season, he performed well as a run-defender and had two picks.
The 5-foot-11, 196-pounder is a gritty, physical defender who is a good tackler. Joseph looks like he has the flexibility to play free or strong safety, but doesn't show a lot of ball skills.
Atlanta is a mess every where.Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are the only reason why this team has hope.The O-Line is getting better,So why not go with a CB a place where there secondary needs improving.William Moore has had a decline recently it seems.With Desmond Trufant as the only real Pro-Bowl caliber player on that Defense at the moment.Vernon Hargreaves is a lock down Conner that you love.With giving up less than 4 Yards Per Reception on him he is the guy that can help bring more attention to that struggling secondary