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Many consider Southern Cal defensive lineman Leonard Williams the best defensive player in the 2015 NFL Draft, if not the entire class.

So the chances of his falling to the eighth pick are slim, but he already has a relationship with Falcons coach Dan Quinn prior to his pre-draft visit there.

Dan Quinn is a great guy, Williams told Coley Harvey of ESPN.com. I almost forgot he was the head coach for a minute because he recruited me out of high school. He was the defensive line coach [and defensive coordinator] with the Florida Gators. Me and Dan Quinn, we have a great relationship just from the past. Weve always kept in touch. It was a great visit with those guys.

Of course, that visit might also be in vain, unless the Falcons are looking to make a move up, as many think Williams will be the first non-quarterback taken.

The Falcons could certainly use a building block such as Williams as they try to remake a shabby defense, and Quinn wouldnt have needed background with him to know that. An inside rusher would allow them to do more, and perhaps get away with guys such as free agent pickups Adrian Clayborn and OBrien Schofield.

If he falls to eighth, it seems like a no-brainer pick for them, despite their need for edge rushers (which has existed for a few years now).

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I think top two picks are QBs.

Jags take a pass rusher.

Oakland takes WR

Washington takes Orakpos replacement.

Jets take God knows who.

Chicago takes a pass rusher or DB.

It's possible Williams falls to us. Imagine this.

Williams in the first.

Eli Harold/Diggy/Dupree/Gregory/Orchard (one will fall) in the 2nd.

Marpet or best OL available in the 3rd.

Best WR/RB/CB in 4th,5th,6th

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If he's there past the Raiders pick, I'd be totally fine with us considering a trade up. Quinn isn't married to his scheme, he'll make the players work. Williams forces other teams to scheme around him. He did a lot of tackle reads, leading to him looking slow off the snap, but he still dominated.

I'd give our 1st and 4th to move up 3 spots to get him.

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