What do you think the Falcons will focus on when they look for help inside up front?
Are we looking for a Rod Coleman clone? A guy that is a quick inside penetrator that is going to do his best job putting pressure on the QB?
Or are we looking for a guy that is more of a run-stopping type like Lavalais? Someone that can put some pressure on the QB, but his first duties will be stopping the run?
Or is it just the mix of both?
Right now, I want to say we are looking for a NT to compete with Lavalais. But then again, Coleman is not a young guy (29 in August) and has had trouble staying healthy thus far in Atlanta. So wouldn't it be more prudent to draft a guy that can back up him?
Right now, Antwan Lake and Anthony Herron are the lone depth we have at DT. Herron is a converted DE, but has yet to do much in the NFL. You could say the same about "Mr. Invisible" Antwan Lake, since he disappeared down the stretch last season.
Right now, if the Falcons are looking for a DT high in the draft, I'd like it to be a guy that does his best penetrating up field. I'm not as pessimistic about the prospects of Lavalais starting as I was at the end of the season. Plus I'm still hopeful that we will re-sign Travis Hall in June, and Hall can play either position.
But I think the Falcons would be smarter to look for the eventual replacement for Coleman in this draft rather than a guy that is going to compete with Lavalais. I'd rather see a veteran be brought in to do that. I think the Falcons need to figure out who would they miss more if out due to injury, and that clearly is Coleman.
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