theProf Posted April 21, 2015 Share Posted April 21, 2015 The Falcons have expressed a direct interest in all of the following listed players in the first six rounds below:1. Pass Rusher: Shane Ray (alternative: Bud Dupree, assuming Fowler and Beasley are already taken)Falcons desperately need someone who can get after the QB, which has been missing since John Abraham in his prime. The tape doesn't lie: Shane Ray can definitely get after the QB and will significantly improve the pass rush.2. Free Safety: Damarious Randall (alternative: Eric Rowe)Quinn covets a Free Safety who can cover a lot of field and who is a sure tackler. Randall is moving up the draftboards rapidly, Mayock nows rates him as the #1 Safety in the draft. I think Southward then gets moved to CB.3. Left Guard: Ali Marpet (alternative: Tre Jackson)Now that the missing pieces for the defense has been shored-up, it's time to turn the attention to the Offense. Atlanta gets its starting left guard to replace Blalock for years to come.4. Running Back: David Cobb (alternative: Mike Davis)Atlanta gets a great complimentary power RB to help share the rushing load with Freeman. Hopefully, Atlanta can now kiss its short-yardage and goal-line rushing woes goodbye.5. Wide Receiver: Mario Alford (alternatives: Ty Montgomery or Darren Waller)Atlanta gets a very speedy wide-out who can really stretch the field, but can also catch contested balls. Atlanta might be able to go ahead and move Roddy into the slot, and use Alford at wideout. He's also a good kick-off returner to boot.6. Cornerback: Nick Marshall (alternative: Tray Walker)Need a little more developmental depth at CB. Converted QB, Nick Marshall has the necessary athletic traits to develop into a good pro CB with time.7a. Nose Tackle: Ellis McCarthy (alternative: Deon Simon)Need a back-up for Soliai at the nose. McCarthy has rare size at 338 pounds. From his scouting report: "has thick lower body and is rarely manhandled by a single block. Has natural strength to leverage his gap and take on double team blocks. Improved hand usage from 2013 to 2014. Flashes ability to collapse pocket as bull rusher."7b. Fullback: Aaron Ripkowski (alternative: Mark Weisman)I think DeMarco needs some competition at FB. I believe that Atlanta's rushing attack could significantly improve with a road-grinding, powerful blocking FB, in a similar vein to Ovie Mughelli in his prime. From his scouting report: "Outstanding size. Knows he is in to be a hammerhead for Sooners' rushing attack and takes great pride in that. Carries good speed and knee bend to his target. Drops low and explodes into linebackers with his outside shoulder, issuing a jarring, powerful pop. Looks for additional work after making first contact."Additional notes: I didn't address ILB, TE, or Offensive Tackle in this mock. I think Worrilow needs another year to prove himself with the addition of better OLB help surrounding him. Schraeder may or may not be the answer at RT, but also deserves another year to prove himself. Atlanta addressed the TE position, at least for the 2015 season, with the addition of Tamme and Moeaki. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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