The Falcons seemingly cut Jalen Collins for no reason, but then he was suspended. Regardless, they need a second cornerback across from Desmond Trufant. Luckily for them, they'll have several prospects at the position to choose from in the 20s.
Pick change; previously Donte Jackson, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 26
Duke Ejiofor, DE/3-4DE, Wake Forest
The Falcons have three defensive linemen set to hit free agency next spring, so this is an area they could attack in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rd. 3, Pk. 27
Maea Teuhema, G, LSU
Atlanta's offensive line hasn't been nearly as forceful this year. The right side is to blame, as Ryan Schraeder has taken a step backward because of an injury. Meanwhile, there's a huge void at right guard, which can be addressed here.
Rd. 4, Pk. 26
D.J. Chark, WR, LSU
The Falcons are lost offensively whenever Julio Jones is out or smothered by an elite cornerback, so adding another receiver to the mix makes sense.
The Falcons grab a right guard upgrade to finish off their offensive line.
Prior to a high ankle sprain that ended his practice week, Lamp (6-3, 305) performed well at the Senior Bowl after an excellent collegiate career. He made 39 straight starts and was a tough lineman at the point of attack. Lamp is a tough blocker who is well-rounded as a run blocker and pass protector. He lacks length, however, and should move inside to guard in the NFL. Similar to Cody Whitehair last year, Lamp's best position could be center. Team sources have said they could see Lamp going in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Budda Baker, S, Washington
The Falcons could use a free safety upgrade next to Keanu Neal, where Baker would be a perfect fit.
In 2016, Baker totaled 65 tackles with two interceptions and five passes broken up. He needs to get stronger to tackle in the NFL, but Baker is a fast safety who flies around the field. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder has the ability to help in pass coverage and is a willing tackler in the ground game. Returning for his senior year and adding strength would have been his best route before going pro, but Baker decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
In 2015, Baker recorded 49 tackles with seven passes broken up and two interceptions. He had 80 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception as a freshman.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Daeshon Hall, DE/3-4OLB, Texas A&M
The Falcons could use a base end to go on the other side from Vic Beasley.
In 2016, Hall collected 50 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted. He had some good games for the Aggies, but wasn't consistent with his pass-rush production. The senior (6-5, 265) was solid against the run, however.
Hall looked poised to break out in 2015 after picking up an impressive four sacks against Louisville in Week 1. It turned out, however, that the performance was an anomaly, as the junior finished the year with a total of 54 tackles with 12.5 for a loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. Despite seeing great pass-rushing opportunities playing across from Myles Garrett, Hall wasn't consistent.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Charles Walker, DT, Oklahoma
Atlanta could use a more interior defensive line depth with Jonathan Babineaux aging.
In 2016, Walker totaled seven tackles with two for a loss and four passes broken up. He only played in four games because of a concussion and quit the team early in order to prepare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Walker was one of the few Oklahoma players who impressed in the 2016 opener against Houston, collecting three tackles, 1.5 for a loss and a pass batted. He had an impressive 2015 season with 36 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble.
Walker displayed enough speed, strength and versatility to play end or tackle for Oklahoma, allowing him to be disruptive at the point of attack. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder is talented and was cleared medically at the combine.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Robert Davis, WR, Georgia State
The Falcons go with the best player available and add some wide receiver competition.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Elijah McGuire, RB, La.-Lafayette
The Falcons go with the best player available to add some running back depth.
The Falcons could use more youth on the inside of their defensive line, and Jack Crawford is just a stop-gap solution for 2017. Atlanta could also use more disruption and pass rush next to Grady Jarrett. Additionally, Dontari Poe is entering free agency after this season. <br> <br>
Wilkins has 45 tackles with seven for a loss and four sacks this season. He has been disruptive at the point of attack, showing speed to create havoc behind the line of scrimmage. Wilkins is a great athlete for his size and has the versatility to play a variety of techniques. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder has a nice skill set with upside and could also fit as a 3-4 defensive end. <br> <br>
Wilkins played well for Clemson in 2016 as part of a tough defensive line that controlled the point of attack. The sophomore had 48 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and 10 passes batted on the year. Because of injuries, Wilkins played a lot of defensive end. He showed nice athleticism and versatility, but is at his best on the inside, using his mismatch speed against guards. Wilkins made 33 tackles and two sacks as a freshman in 2015.
Everyone seems to love the Dontari Poe signing for the Falcons, but I have a few things to be worried about that deal. For one it's a one year deal so if he does excel than the Falcons will either lose him in free agency or have to over pay an overweight and oft-injured talent. The other issue is he is moving to a pass rushing 4-3 defense where his skill set of plugging holes is not very useful. Plus, the Falcons need linemen with a high stamina to keep up with their quick scoring offense just look at the Super Bowl where their defensive line turned into zombies in the 4th quarter after being on the field for so long. Vea is a younger more explosive version of Poe with a much better pass rushing skill set. Playing in a passing league in the Pac-12 and playing in a 4-3 defense will provide him with a lot of experience to come in right away and play at a high level. He and Grady Jarrett can provide a solid one-two punch in the middle of their defense to move passer like Drew Brees, Jameis Winston, and Cam Newton of their spot in division play.
Last Weeks Selection: Christian Wilkins DT Clemson at Pick # 21
Just need some safety help for the Falcons to be back in the spot they were last season. Have been very competitive all season long, but have been missing that one thing that keeps them from the Super Bowl, and is a good safety. Ronnie Harrison is a Landon Collins prototype in my eyes and could play just as well in the NFL.
Other Picks: Jaire Alexander, Jerome Baker, Harold Landry
Current Record: 4-3
With this pick I wanted to select Hue Jackson (who is likely to get fired by the Browns this year) as the new Offensive Coordinator but that won't happen. The Falcons are still loaded on all sides of the ball, but they are being held back by a poor offensive scheme. Dontari Poe, however hasn't been the force up the middle the Falcons have expected he would be so they grab a cheaper replacement here to stuff up the middle.
Atlanta grabs more interior defensive line help. Dontari Poe is entering free agency after the season. <br> <br>
Hurst has 56 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, one forced fumble and one pass broken up in 2017. As a sophomore in 2015, he totaled 35 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. Hurst improved as a junior with 34 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble.<br> <br>
The 6-foot-2, 282-pounder is a quick defender at the point of attack who can cause a lot of disruption. If Hurst were a few inches taller with more length, he would likely be a high pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Hurst could play end or tackle in the NFL, but his best fit likely would be in a 4-3 defense that plays him at end on rush downs and moves him inside for passing situations.