Atlanta Falcons April Scouting Report
The Atlanta Falcons coming off a horrible last minute defeat in the Super Bowl now have to pick up the pieces and get to work to get back to that big game this year. The Falcons have the talent and the schedule to do it. A quick look at the Falcon’s schedule, and other than the division rival Carolina, the Falcon’s really contend with the Patriots in New England, Dallas at home and Seattle in Seattle. Worst case you can easily make a case for a 11-5 or 12-4 season provided everyone stays healthy, etc.
The Falcons need: DE, G, TE, S, and K
Falcon draft picks: 31 (1st round), 63 (2), 95 (3), 136 (4), 174 (5), and 249 (7). They do not have their 6th round pick.
Now, do I think Atlanta will take ASU PK Zane Gonzales with the first pick, no, but they will take one or sign a couple free agents.
The Falcons will be looking for a pass rusher. The Falcons will get DE Adrian Clayborn and DE Derrick Shelby back in action and will look to see if a pass rusher falls to them. The Falcons could also be sneaky and take the best available Guard late in the first round. The Falcons would love DE Takkarist McKinley from UCLA or DE Malik McDowell to be there at #31. DE TJ Watt would also be an option at the end of the first round. Atlanta could trade with someone wanting to jump into the first round and snag a player prior to the 20 hours between round 1 and round 2.
In the second round, the Falcons could go after OG Nico Siragusa, CE Damontae Kazee, or TE Jordan Leggett from Clemson. There is no good way to guess.
Look for Atlanta or New Orleans to sell their late first round picks for good value tonight!
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