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  1. Check out @BenFennell_NFL’s Tweet: Check out @OllieConnolly’s Tweet:
  2. I had Crawford as a 7th rd pick, but he went undrafted. He or Malik Williams could make the PS.
  3. Check out @roblanders96’s Tweet:
  4. He's had some injuries but says he's rehabbed and ready to go.
  5. It may not be, but it's plain as day that Rico won't be here after this year. He would've had an extension by now. They really like Kazee at FS and plus this draft is weak at FS. I see Tru and Oliver outside with Alford in the slot and Kazee and Neal at safety. Even tho I would have Alford and Oliver outside.
  6. Allen is playing on a restricted free-agent tender, while the Falcons are excited about Kazee, as a potential replacement. https://www.themaven.net/nfldraftscout/api/amp/nfldraftscout/falcons/drilling-in-falcons-unit-by-unit-analysis-DMgntdi3V0mr8G0prVmWBw/?__twitter_impression=true
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  8. Right now Tony Pauline has him graded as a 3rd round pick. I also like Dre'mont Jones. I think he has a shot at late 1st.
  9. He's small but he looks like he's just as good as Dre'mont Jones.
  10. With all due respect to the star quarterbacks throughout the NFC South, getting to the Super Bowl is all about the running game, if recent history is any indication in this division. Take the Falcons' magical run to the big game two years ago. Sure, league MVP Matt Ryan was the obvious centerpiece, but the duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman exploded for nearly 2,000 combined rushing yards and 20 touchdowns to make the Falcons' offense so difficult to stop, greatly contributing to a league-high 33.8 points per game in 2016. A year earlier, rival Carolina, led by 2015 MVP Cam Newton, topped the NFC with 2,282 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns on its way to the big game. Until an inexplicable defensive meltdown in the playoffs, the Saints looked like last year's Super Bowl contender from the NFC South. Behind the two-headed monster of Alvin Kamara (the AP Rookie of the Year) and former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, the Saints jumped from 16th in the NFL in rushing yards in 2016 to fifth last year, leading the league with 23 touchdowns on the ground -- something few would expect with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees still slinging darts. These are all reasons why the Falcons' selection of Ito Smith in the fourth round -- the same round general manager Thomas Dimitroff found the similarly-built and talented Freeman five years earlier -- should not go unnoticed. Like the 5-foot-8, 205-pound Freeman, Smith (5-9, 200) lacks an intimidating frame, relying more on vision, wiggle and burst to elude defenders rather than overwhelming size and strength. Belying his size, Smith was the picture of reliability at Southern Miss, however, missing just one game in four seasons as the Eagles' unquestioned top player. Like most running backs, he is a natural with the ball in his hands. Smith is also a surprisingly effective pass blocker and a terrific receiver. He ranked as one of the more underrated runners in a terrific 2018 class, earning a spot in my annual Diamond in the Rough article. Although, given all of the success he had at Southern Miss, Smith hardly qualifies as a sleeper. Smith is one of just 10 players in NCAA history to have at least 4,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving during his career, gaining 4,536 yards on the ground and 1,446 through the air with 49 combined touchdowns, including 42 as a rusher. His 6,532 all-purpose yards are the most in school history, and he ran for at least 100 yards in 23 games. Of course, it is easy to rack up production when a back possesses Smith's big-play ability, scoring touchdowns on runs of 89, 80 and 65 yards, as well as an 84-yard touchdown reception in 2017. While built like Freeman, Smith is significantly faster, officially clocking in at 4.45 seconds during his March 18 Pro Day. Freeman was clocked at a disappointing 4.58 seconds at the 2014 Combine and opted not to re-run the event at Florida State's Pro Day. In this way, Smith offers some of the same chunk yardage ability as Coleman, a slightly larger and faster back at 5-11, 205 who clocked a 4.40 at his Indiana Pro Day prior to the 2015 draft. With disappointing campaigns by Freeman and Coleman contributing to the Falcons' slide last season (and the latter likely to earn significant interest in free agency after this season), Dimitroff was wise to inject some juice into the backfield. He will look that much smarter by doing so a year early to let Smith acclimate before he is really needed and, likely, outplaying his fourth-round selection. Other thoughts on the Falcons' 2018 draft class: From a schematic and psychological perspective, I love the Calvin Ridley selection in the first round. A silky-smooth athlete already well-versed in Steve Sarkisian's offense after playing under him at Alabama, Ridley should quickly develop into a real weapon for Matt Ryan, drawing single coverage with former Crimson Tide star Julio Jones drawing attention to the other side. Investing a first-round pick in a receiver -- especially one from his own program -- could also be the spark the physically-dominant Jones needs to take his game to a different level. With his long arms and ability to locate the football, 6-foot, 201-pound cornerback Isaiah Oliver is also an intriguing schematic fit in Atlanta. Oliver possesses all of the physical traits to be a standout in Dan Quinn's defense, though predictions of a starting role in 2018 might be a bit premature. Oliver possesses natural coverage skills and showed better straight-line speed (4.50) than some expected at the Combine. While looking the part, Oliver currently lacks functional strength when battling receivers, however, a concern given some of the behemoths at wideout in the division. Oliver will have to prove his grit to get onto the field under Quinn, who already boasts a solid starting trio in veterans Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford and Brian Poole. Just as Smith was drafted to essentially perform as a carbon copy of Freeman at running back, third-round pick Deadrin Senat has a very similar frame and playing style as new teammate and former Dimitroff steal, Grady Jarrett, an undersized defensive tackle quickly developing into one of the more disruptive players at his position in the league. The selection of Senat, a 6-foot, 314-pound bowling ball of butcher knives, gives the Falcons some insurance with the 25-year old Jarrett entering the final year of his rookie contract. Senat is not quite as quick off the ball as the 6-foot, 305-pound former Clemson star, but he possesses terrific upper body strength (35 repetitions of 225 pounds at the Combine) and a short, squatty frame that makes him difficult to move. Like Smith and Oliver, Senat has starter potential. Competing with quality veterans on a roster built for another Super Bowl run, however, signals that these young Falcons may see more time in the nest before flight, however. Atlanta's 2018 draft class: 1st Round, No. 26 overall: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama 2nd Round, No. 58 overall: CB Isaiah Oliver, Colorado 3rd Round, No. 90 overall: DT Deadrin Senat, South Florida 4th Round, No. 126 overall: RB Ito Smith, Southern Mississippi 6th Round, No. 194 overall: WR Russell Gage, LSU 6th Round, No. 200 overall: LB Foyesade Oluokun, Yale Key Undrafted Free Agents Signed: Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia Matt Gono, OL, Wesley College Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, DE, UCLA https://www.themaven.net/nfldraftscout/api/amp/nfldraftscout/falcons/finding-the-fits-future-bright-for-rb-smith-in-atlanta-ExjT7Ep0EECO2lkpUOXtuA/?__twitter_impression=true