Arkridge Posted February 10, 2016 Share Posted February 10, 2016 (edited) Hey guys. New mock from me. For my other 2 2016 mocks I had a strong emphasis on defense, but for this one I decided to help our boy Matt Ryan out. Looking at our roster we have absolutely no fire power in the passing game outside of Julio Jones anymore, especially with Roddy White on the decline and Jacob Tamme not being as big of a passing threat as many of us thought he would. I think we can sign some strong defensive free agents in the front 7 and we should jump on some guys Matt Ryan can throw the ball to for big play ability. We all saw towards the middle of the season how easily our offense was nullified once teams realized taking Julio out of the equation took away almost all possibility of a big play. So lets GET SOME MORE FIREPOWER!: Keep: O’Brien Schofield Adrian Clayborn Ricardo Allen Paul Soliai Phillip Wheeler Nate Stupar Jonathan Babineaux Paul Worrillow Jake Long Shane Graham Ryan Schraeder Brooks Reed Chris Chester Andy Levitre Let Go: Kroy Beirmann Justin Durant Roddy White William Moore Devin Hester Matt Bryant Tony Moaeki Philip Adams Charles Godfrey Tyson Jackson Bryce Harris Gino Gradkowski James Stone Free Agency: Bruce Irvin, OLB Tahir Whitehead, ILB Rodney Mcleod, SS Rishard Matthews, WR Jeff Allen, OG Ben Jones, OC Draft: **Trade!!** The Bengals move up to pick #17 and draft Laquon Treadwell to play opposite AJ Green. In return for pick #17, we receive their first round pick (#24) as well as their 2016 second round pick (#55). With the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons take a chance on a talented EDGE prospect with a troubled past: Round 1 (24): Noah Spence, DE/OLB Eastern Kentucky (6’3 254) Fact of the matter is, we’re still last in the league in sacks and our defense getting more constant pressure on the QB will make it easier on everyone else on the defense. Noah Spence is an incredibly balanced and fluid athlete. He’s got great bend around the edge to go along with a great initial burst off of the line of scrimmage. A versatile edge rusher able to play either side standing or hand in the dirt. Spence has the potential of a top 10 draft pick but due to multiple failed drug tests leading to his ban from the Big Ten, I think he’ll slide to the back end of the first round. Round 2 (50): Hunter Henry, TE Arkansas (6’5 255lbs.) It’s consensus that our defense needs work but it still stands that Matt Ryan has absolutely no weapons outside of Julio Jones anymore. Matt Ryan plays his best football when he has a security blanket tight end to fall back on a-la Tony G. I believe Hunter Henry can be just that. The most complete tight end in the class, he’s a big target with fluid body movement and naturally soft hands. He’s an incredible athlete for his size as wellsurprising elusive in open field and happens to be a great blocker who takes not a single play off. Round 2 (55): Braxton Miller, WR Ohio State (6’1 205lbs.) Braxton Miller is hands down one of the most athletic players in the NFL draft. Making the transition to WR from QB this season he played well despite Ohio State’s QB issues throughout the season. He’s got straight-line burner speed but where he really shines is with change of direction and tracking the ball. He made himself a considerable amount of money after a stellar week of Senior Bowl practice. With the likelihood that Roddy White is out the door and the Leonard Hankerson project being a failed experiment, it’s time to start the hunt for a #2 receiver to play opposite Julio. Braxton has the potential to evolve into just that. Round 3 (81): Jordan Jenkins, OLB Georgia (6’3 257lbs.) Jordan Jenkins is one of the most versatile OLB’s in this draft and has the character traits to make him an eventual captain on an Atlanta Falcon’s defense that lacks any true leaders. Jenkins has experience playing all over the front 7 lining up with his hand in the dirt or standing up rushing the passer, he’s also shown the ability to drop back in the coverage to make plays in the passing game. Where Jenkins truly shines though is at the point of attack. He is incredibly strong at the point of attack and is great at using his hands to rip into defenders. I’m confident he can play at any of our 3 linebacker spots. Round 4 (112): Miles Killebrew, SS Southern Utah (6’2 225lbs.) Miles Killebrew is very raw but embodies what Dan Quinn looks for in a strong safety. Killebrew looks the part sporting a long, muscular, and tapered build. He’s a strider, able to get across the field incredibly quickly and accelerating to the point of contact making for a violent play style. The kid has been an absolute tackling machine as a 4 year starter for his school and is a strong presence at the line of scrimmage and fits the bill as that physical run defender we need in a SS for the scheme. I don’t know if he’s ready to start year 1 but he has all the physical ability to get there very soon. Round 7 (208): Mike Matthews, OC Texas A&M (6’2 295lbs.) Mike Matthews has become the most common 7th rounder featured in Falcons mocks and for good reason. He's a late round prospect that can potentially address a position of need a few years down the line, he comes from a pedigree of great football players and he isn't a guy we have to worry about as far as character or work ethic goes. Texas A&M teammates describe Mike as being a more outspoken and passionate player than his older brother Jake, and although a late round prospect I still regard him as a top 5 player at the position. High upside guy with incredibly low risk, more OL depth is always necessary. Depth Chart: QB: Matt Ryan, Sean Renfree RB: DeVonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman FB: Patrick DiMarco WR: Julio Jones, Justin Hardy WR: Rishard Matthews, Braxton Miller, Nick Williams TE: Hunter Henry, Jacob Tamme, Levine Toilolo LT: Jake Matthews, Jake Long LG: Jeff Allen, Chris Chester OC: Ben Jones, Mike Matthews RT: Ryan Schraeder, Jake Long RG: Andy Levitre, Chris Chester ********************************** DE: Vic Beasley, Adrian Clayborn, DT: Rashede Hageman, Grady Jarrett DT: Jonathan Babineux, Paul Soliai DE: Noah Spence, Bruce Irvin (Swing) WLB: Brooks Reed, Jordan Jenkins, Philip Wheeler MLB: Tahir Whitehead, Paul Worrillow, Nate Stupar SLB: Bruce Irvin, Brooks Reed, CB: Desmond Trufant, Akeem King CB: Robert Alford, Jalen Collins SS: Rodney Mcleod, Kemal Ishmael, Miles Killebrew FS: Ricardo Allen, Robinson Therezie Thanks for having a look guys and please let me know what you think! 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