I've probably only done about 30% of the scouting I hope to accomplish by the time the draft rolls around, but from what I can tell thus far is that it'll be a good year for the Falcons to draft defense and/or an interior lineman in the first round.
The guard I've seen thus far that I like is Warmack for Alabama, but it looks like he'll probably be a Top 20 pick according to the WF mock. I honestly don't expect the Falcons to be picking #32. Given our likely record probably gives us a 1st round bye, probably the earliest the Falcons will draft is #27 or #28, and with a playoff win that becomes #29 or #30. But that's probably still not enough of a bump to get Warmack. Instead, it's going to be UNC's Jon Cooper or Barrett Jones for us if we go OG. I haven't watched Cooper yet this year, but I liked him a lot a year ago, reminded me of Ben Grubbs/Mike Pouncey. Jones to me is very similar to Konz, and while I wouldn't love the pick in Round 1, it still would be a solid pick. You get a good, albeit not great talent at guard.
For defense, I think this team's #1 or #2 priority (depending on where you rank improving the run game) is adding playmakers on that side of the ball. The Falcons have 4 true impact players: Abe, Babs, Spoon, and Samuel (a healthy Grimes would be #5). In essence guys that can make big plays on a weekly basis and win the majority of matchups they face. But in truth, Abe, Babs, and Samuel aren't really that anymore. We see flashes of it some times, but they aren't the players they were 3+ years ago when you saw it almost every Sunday. All will likely be gone from the team within 1-3 more years. The Falcons need to use what time those guys have left to replenish the talent elsewhere on the defense. Guys like DeCoud, Moore, Nicholas, Peters, Biermann, etc. can be capable complementary starters and role players, but will never be the guys that OCs are gameplanning for.
I like many of the pass rushers that are projected Top 50 picks. I like that many of them are hybrid-type players, and given our new look defense we could use a lot of them.
I also think DT is a big need. And depending on what type of 3-4 looks we throw out in the future, maybe get one of those solid DEs like a Margus Hunt (SMU) in Round 2?
I also think the Falcons really need to find a premier young CB very soon in the draft. Robinson is on borrowed time, and Samuel's skills are on the decline, although he still has something left in the tank contrary to what Philly thought. Because of that, I'm still of the mindset that the Falcons should tag Grimes this upcoming off-season again to buy them more time, in case that CB isn't coming this April.
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