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  1. 1. Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky OG As one of the few ESPN writers who spends his time studying football, instead of tending his hair, Bill Barnwell notes that the only real hole on the Falcons' roster is at Guard. Despite a few half-hearted lunges at filling the spot in Free Agency, the hole still remains. While they have brought in oft-injured Hugh Thornton to compete with UDFA Ben Garland and 6th round pick, Wes Schweitzer, the hole still remains. In fact, that remaining hole at Right Guard is arguably as big as the one in the offensive coordinator's office. The Falcons have been focused on the position in their pre-draft meetings. No player has garnered more attention than Forrest Lamp. They met with him at the Senior Bowl; they've talked with him at the Combine; they've held private workouts. At this point, the question is less "would the Falcons pick Lamp at 31" and more "would the Falcons trade up to get Lamp." In this scenario, he falls to 31 and our guess is that the Falcons run to the podium to get him. Last year, Chris Chester gave up 45 pressures on 629 pass blocking attempts. If the Falcons' offense is to function at the same high level, they will need to keep Matt Ryan's pocket clean and upgrading RG is the best way to do that. Obviously, improving the pass rush arsenal is a need, too, but Lamp has been target for a long time in Flowery Branch. 2. Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova DL5T (My note: Drafttek has Rivers, Willis, Basham, and Bowser going within 7 picks before this pick) With the hole at Guard filled, the Falcons will need to address the edges of their DL. When your team has 34 sacks and one player gets 15.5 of them, that's more than a little unbalanced. Vic Beasley will need help, even with the growth of Grady Jarrett and the return of Adrian Clayborn and Derrick Shelby. However, that returning talent could allow the Falcons to gamble on a high-upside talent that needs time to develop, and no one fits that better than Kpassagnon. He has unbelievable length, height, and explosive power, but Kpassagnon is definitely raw. Still, Quinn really seems intrigued by him and he would be worth taking a risk on, with most of the pass rushers off the board. In a perfect world, a LEO rusher like Derek Rivers or TJ Watt would fall this far, but alas, this is not a perfect world. Kpassagnon makes a nice compensation pick. 3. Justin Evans Texas A&M S 4. Trey Hendrickson Florida Atlantic EDGE 5. Michael Roberts Toledo TE 7. Freddie Stevenson Florida St FB http://www.drafttek.com/2017-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1b.asp