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If There Were One Choice Of A Line To Fix For Next Season - Ol Or Dl?


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I don't know how anyone can say D line. Its obvious the O line is the worst we've never had and completely hinders Ryan, Roddy, Tony, Jackson and Julio from doing anything

Because in the NFL, the DL is more important.

Edit - I can see this argument going in circles. I can make a good case on each side. I'm just sick of never having a good defense. I want 2 OL men and 2 DL men in the draft.

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This is a no brainer for me. The O line is the #1 priority. We've got all kinds of weapons on O that we can't use. Matt gets hit on 3 step drops and we don't create holes in the running game. Yes the d line is just as bad, but we can dictate the clock w/ a solid O line.

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This is a no brainer for me. The O line is the #1 priority. We've got all kinds of weapons on O that we can't use. Matt gets hit on 3 step drops and we don't create holes in the running game. Yes the d line is just as bad, but we can dictate the clock w/ a solid O line.

Last year when we were healthy, the defense was the problem.

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I think that our OL is the biggest problem on our team at the moment, but at the same time I feel like it is easier to fix the OL with "lesser" players than it is on the DL.

So if you ask me about the draft, I'd say go DL in the first round, and then use our 2nd and 3rd rounders on OL.. Big, tough and strong guys are what we need and that can be drafted outside of the first round. I wouldn't mind a great OT in the first, but I think there's more overall value by going DL first and then OL in the draft.

Regarding FA, I think that we could get a decent G or T there. Maybe even a C if we wish to do that. I think the FA market for DL is a lot more "muddy".

What we need to do first though, is get a new OL coach! Without that, we won't see significant improvement next year.

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If I had to choose one, I would day DL. We have guys that are out that have done the job before on the OL, I'm talking about Sam Baker. We signed him, so we have to live with him. Plus having Julio back changes how teams play us, no doubt. On the DL, we have nobody that can consistently win. We don't stop the run, we don't rush the passer.

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Even with our pisss poor o-line, we put up enough points on offense when we are healthy. However, even when our defense is 100% healthy, we still get minimal pressure on opposing QB's. Fix the d-line (first step is drafting Clowney, but we seem to want to pick outside of the top 5 with the way we played in Toronto) first, then fix the o-line via free agancy.

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Last year when we were healthy, the defense was the problem.

The problem on the O line isn't health, it's talent. We flat out do not have a starting quality C or RG on the roster. Our team is set up as an offensive team. It's pointless to trott out a top 10 QB, 2 probowl wr's and a probowl RB behind this line. Plus, AB is going to want his 120 mil investment protected.

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I've debated this allot with myself. Ultimately, the D is young and getting better. Yes, we could use a few pieces but, Oline for once in Matt's life needs to get the help and become dominant in run blocking and protection. Oline gets the lion share of my high value chips. I'd like to see us pickup both Jackson and Richardson in the draft and get a strong DT and fast big CB on D.

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Because in the NFL, the DL is more important.

Edit - I can see this argument going in circles. I can make a good case on each side. I'm just sick of never having a good defense. I want 2 OL men and 2 DL men in the draft.

Completely disagree. A good DL doesn't win games when the offense can't move. A good OL can win games if it makes the offense move.

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If I had to choose one, I would day DL. We have guys that are out that have done the job before on the OL, I'm talking about Sam Baker. We signed him, so we have to live with him. Plus having Julio back changes how teams play us, no doubt. On the DL, we have nobody that can consistently win. We don't stop the run, we don't rush the passer.

So Sam Baker annnnnnddd......who else that has done the job?

And Baker has been sorry in 5 out of 6 years

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The problem on the O line isn't health, it's talent. We flat out do not have a starting quality C or RG on the roster. Our team is set up as an offensive team. It's pointless to trott out a top 10 QB, 2 probowl wr's and a probowl RB behind this line. Plus, AB is going to want his 120 mil investment protected.

I'll play devil's advocate.

Why not be balanced? Isn't that the best scenario?

Also, if we have 2 probowl WR's and a "probowl" RB, shouldn't that spread the defense out a little? Julio is injured and Roddy was hurt for a while. Teams played us very differently than they would've if they were healthy. Also, Baker IF (a huge if) healthy isn't horrible.

The defense is bad with or without injuries. No players. The defense needs players.

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Top of the draft focus has to be on DL, because talented DL get taken first. A big priority for the Falcons OL is RG, which don't get picked in the first round. Also, easier to get quality OL in FA than quality DL.

1st round (if it's top 5 pick) - DE

2nd round - DT or OL

3rd-5th rounds- OL

I have concerns about Matthews, short-armed OTs can look really good in college because they have good footwork, then get beat in the NFL when the weekly DE talent is better. But if he really is a GREAT LT prospect, LT is a position worth a top 5 pick. Clowney would be my first choice if he's available.

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