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Five OL Draft Prospects Who Could Help the Falcons

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NFL Draft: 5 offensive line prospects who could help the Falcons

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Offensive line is one of the areas many expect the Falcons to address this offseason, and while they may opt to add to that unit via free agency, there are some intriguing early-round draft prospects who could fit what the team is looking for.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list – in order from the best fit and value to the least – of five offensive linemen who could be on the Falcons’ radar.

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1. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

A three-year starter at tackle for Alabama,Jonah Williams is one of the most experienced and polished offensive linemen in this draft class. At 6-foot-4, 302 pounds, Williams isn’t overly long, which is one of the reasons some believe he could slide over the guard at the next level. There’s no mistake, though: Williams has the tools to succeed wherever teams place him.

Williams is a smart player who countered blitzes and stunts effectively in college, and he showed improvement as a pass protector during his final year at Alabama. Most importantly for the Falcons, however, is that Williams was a player who moved well in space and latched onto defenders at the second level.

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2. Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

Cody Ford is among the offensive linemen with the highest upside in this year’s draft. Despite starting for only one season, Ford has a rare combination of size, strength and speed. Ford could likely play either tackle or guard in the NFL, but he might be better suited to start on the interior early on given his relative lack of starting experience.

Due to Oklahoma’s offensive scheme, Ford has plenty of reps in space against defenders. More often than not, once Ford got his hands on a defensive player, it was game over. Ford’s biggest weakness at this point seems to be getting set in pass protection, but that would be covered up slightly by moving to guard. Ford confirmed at the NFL Scouting Combine that the Falcons were a team he had met with. He’s a somewhat raw player, but Ford could develop into a really good football player.

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3. Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Another player who could be a candidate to move inside, Dalton Risner bring a lot to the table as an offensive lineman. He is sure-handed and locked down some highly regarded pass rushers while at Kansas State, and Risner is a fluid mover in space and would be an asset in the run game.

Risner’s ability to locate the most pressing threat and adjust his angles while on the move is something that would be a great benefit in the Falcons’ offensive scheme. At 24 years old, Risner will be among the older players entering the NFL in this draft class, but that hasn’t stopped the Falcons in the past. In this offensive line class, Risner is a very well-rounded prospect.
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4. Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

The first true guard prospect on this list, Lindstrom is a very athletic player who will enter the NFL ready to help a team from Day 1. While he may not have the sheer natural upside of a player like Cody Ford, Lindstrom has very few glaring weaknesses. He’s competent in nearly every facet of his game, and he offers a lot as a run blocker.

Given how well he moves in space, it’s easy to envision how Lindstrom would fit in with the Falcons. He’s adept at leveraging players while on the move and he makes solid use of his hands to harass defenders even if they aren’t providing a clean target.

 

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5. Garrett Bradbury, OG, NC State

As with Lindstrom, there are few nits to pick with Garrett Bradbury’s game. He moves very well and has noticeable body control while blocking defenders in space. Bradbury is a refined, technical lineman who didn’t make many mistakes on the interior of NC State’s offensive line. The Wolfpack run a zone blocking scheme, so Bradbury has direct experience that would translate to the Falcons.

Bradbury is a former tight end, and it shows in his athleticism. If the Falcons are inclined to address the offensive line on Day 2, Bradbury would be a pretty appealing option.

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21 minutes ago, Ergo Proxy said:

I'd be happy with Ford at 14 or best OL we fancy left at 45.

Yes. Looking like The Falcons can get at least one of these in the first or second rounds. You see any way Jona Williams or Cody Ford will be there at 14? I am liking the fact that OG Bradbury from NC State played TE.

I reckon it depends on GJ whether they go first or second round for the DL or OL?.

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gotta have Alabama State OT Tytus Howard in there.....he won't make it out of the 2nd round - Eagles eyeing him as replacement for Jason Peters - played QB in HS and started as a TE at Alabama State - Athlete!   6'6" and 320lbs.

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6 minutes ago, g-dawg said:

gotta have Alabama State OT Tytus Howard in there.....he won't make it out of the 2nd round - Eagles eyeing him as replacement for Jason Peters - played QB in HS and started as a TE at Alabama State - Athlete!   6'6" and 320lbs.

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LOL! I remember you giving some info on him in your Mock. I just got back here from copying the info you put on him to post here.

Nice.Thanks

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3 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

No Taylor?

Taylor might be gone before our 1st round pick.

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With the following players to choose from that can play both Offensive Guard and Center - there is no excuse for Falcons not to walk away from this draft without their future center:

  1. Garrett Bradbury, C/OG (1st rd)
  2. Eric McCoy, C/OG (2nd/3rd rd)
  3. Elgton Jenkins, C/OG (2nd/3rd rd)
  4. Lamont Gaillard, C/OG (3rd/4th rd)

Falcons need to walk away from this draft with one of those four players.

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7 minutes ago, g-dawg said:

With the following players to choose from that can play both Offensive Guard and Center - there is no excuse for Falcons not to walk away from this draft without their future center:

  1. Garrett Bradbury, C/OG (1st rd)

I would be happy with this if there is no Jona and Cody.

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1 minute ago, Tim Mazetti said:

I would be happy with this if there is no Jona and Cody.

tempting but really don't want to take a C/OG in 1st round.

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20 minutes ago, g-dawg said:

tempting but really don't want to take a C/OG in 1st round.

Me either. I remember Fralic at six. If Bradbury is BPA for the Falcons' OL needs then I am ok with it. He is rated high (5.92 https://www.nfl.com/prospects/garrett-bradbury?id=32194252-4109-2951-18e8-697b9ff5297c) at his position by NFL.com.

We don't know at this point whether they will need GJ's replacement in the First or not I reckon.

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53 minutes ago, g-dawg said:

gotta have Alabama State OT Tytus Howard in there.....he won't make it out of the 2nd round - Eagles eyeing him as replacement for Jason Peters - played QB in HS and started as a TE at Alabama State - Athlete!   6'6" and 320lbs.

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Is he an athlete though? I know he was billed up as one but outside of his 40 his testing number were pretty underwhelming. His 3 cone was horrible.

For someone billed as the next Terron Armstead it was a pretty disappointing combine. 

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I'm now hoping we get an OL with our first pick,, I like the order in this lineup of 1st rounders,, I'd love to get the highest OL still on the board and I like this board for who we go by ,, I'd like to have Jonah if he's still there.. I doubt it,, But then I'm hoping that Ford will still be there at 14,,  He'd be a great pick... I'm about to change my Mock just with the 1st pick.. After much thought on our needs and what would help us the most,, I'm more on board for best OL avaiable.. And hoping at least Ford would still be there at 14.

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Posted (edited)

Eh, maybe go DL in round 1...OG in round 2 and stash a guy like Lamont Gaillard in round 4 to learn behind Mack?

Probably not the most investment in the OL, but gives you a chance to build DL early.

So many mock options that seem tangible, I hope we get it right.

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Just now, Tim Mazetti said:

I think this list was compiled with the ZBS in mind.

I think Taylor is a good fit in the ZBS, arguably a much better fit than Ford. Taylor showing up at 312lbs and being the standout in the on-field solidified Taylor as the best lineman in the draft for me.

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3 minutes ago, Smiler11 said:

I think Taylor is a good fit in the ZBS, arguably a much better fit than Ford. Taylor showing up at 312lbs and being the standout in the on-field solidified Taylor as the best lineman in the draft for me.

Word is we're looking for Ford at OG potentially. How does Taylor project inside in year 1?

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1 minute ago, Ergo Proxy said:

Word is we're looking for Ford at OG potentially. How does Taylor project inside in year 1?

I think he could play tackle or guard in any scheme. Guy's a mauler in the run game and a dancing bear in pass pro.

I think Ford is a guard. Not a great fit in the ZBS but he can play in it.

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4 minutes ago, Smiler11 said:

I think Taylor is a good fit in the ZBS, arguably a much better fit than Ford. Taylor showing up at 312lbs and being the standout in the on-field solidified Taylor as the best lineman in the draft for me.

Yep. He is ranked as 11th best player in the Draft, right behind OT Dillard from Washington State says nfl.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001018821/article/daniel-jeremiahs-top-50-prospects-for-2019-nfl-draft-20 . Cody is 20 and Garrett Bradbury(OG/C) is 35.

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Posted (edited)

56 minutes ago, g-dawg said:

With the following players to choose from that can play both Offensive Guard and Center - there is no excuse for Falcons not to walk away from this draft without their future center:

  1. Garrett Bradbury, C/OG (1st rd)
  2. Eric McCoy, C/OG (2nd/3rd rd)
  3. Elgton Jenkins, C/OG (2nd/3rd rd)
  4. Lamont Gaillard, C/OG (3rd/4th rd)

Falcons need to walk away from this draft with one of those four players.

And as it currently stand we don't have a back-up center on the roster. Fusco last played center in college and Schweitzer said in a interview last season he only played center in the 3rd preseason game.

This is the interview. 1:55 into it.

https://www.atlantafalcons.com/video/g-wes-schweitzer-on-taking-over-for-andy-levitre

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