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.
Rd. 1, Pk. 9
Scooby Wright III, 3-4OLB/OLB, Arizona
The Falcons grab a difference-maker at linebacker. Wright will be a tough run-defender and pass-rusher to go on the other side from Vic Beasley.
Wright took college football by storm in 2014. The 6-foot-1, 246-pounder was a pass-rushing force for the Wildcats and one of the top defenders in the Pac-12. He had 14 sacks with 163 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss and six forced fumbles for the year. Wright is an instinctive linebacker and was all over the field for Arizona. In 2013, he notched 83 tackles with 9.5 for a loss and an interception.
Pick change; previously Tyler Boyd, WR
Rd. 2, Pk. 9
Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
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.
Bell (5-11, 205) had a huge 2014 season with the Buckeyes as he recorded six interceptions with 92 tackles and six passes broken up. The sophomore finished the year in impressive fashion to help the Buckeyes win the National Championship with four interceptions in the final six games. Bell showed speed, ball skills and instincts in his first season as a starter.