FAN_O_THE_ATL Posted April 2, 2019 Share Posted April 2, 2019 Rd1 - Dexter Lawrence, DT Clemson - I have mixed feelings about this pick but at the end of the day I’m going to assume they view Lawrence more in the mold of Dontari Poe who played way more than a 2-down run stuffer role during his time with the Falcons. Lawrence will immediately slot alongside Jarrett and will improve both run and pass defense. Lawrence’s presence will require double teams routinely and will make lives easier for the rest of our DL and LBs. The ideal scenario here is to drop down from 14 to the 17-20 range and pick up an extra day 2 pick. Then we would have the assets needed to move up for our RT target in the 2nd or 3rd round. Rd2 - Mack Wilson, LB Alabama - I wouldn’t be upset if we took Devin White with our first pick because we have needed a second solid LB for a while now. Unacceptable if we see another year of Duke Riley getting legit playing time. Wilson has speed, physicality, is a good blitzer, good in coverage, and is a smart & instinctive football player. Could provide instant help on special teams but will likely take over the starter role by the end of the year. That’s important because with Deion Jones and Campbell both being free agents next year it is likely that one will not be back. Mack Wilson & Deion Jones will give the Falcons one of the NFL’s best LB corp for the coming years. Rd3 - Tytus Howard, OT Alabama St - Reading the tea leaves it sure feels like the Falcons would prefer to draft a RT that doesn’t necessarily have to be forced into a starting role but that can develop into the starter over time. Dalton Risner, Kaleb McGary, and Tytus Howard are three guys I think they consider. For the purpose of this mock I’m going with Tytus as the one still on the board in the 3rd round. Apparently did well at the Senior Bowl. Note that if we traded back a bit in the first then we could package our 3rd + the extra day 2 pick to move up for our targeted RT. Rd4a - Anthony Nelson, DE Iowa - I like his size and strength on the edge. Has ability to drop inside. Wins with power alot, gets home routinely on stunts, and is athletic enough to expand his pass rushing arsenal with Quinns tutelage. Reminds me a bit of Adrian Clayborn with his powerful style. Ideally he develops into a player that upgrades the Jack Crawford role. Rd4b - Isaiah Johnson, CB Houston - a tall, athletic CB that can be developed into a potential starter down the road. Similar to Oliver, year 1 is a learning year for Johnson and he can contribute on special teams. Saivion Smith is another CB I think they consider if Johnson is off the board. Rd5a - Jalen Hurd, WR Baylor - an intriguing player that could go higher. Falcons should be looking to find a potential replacement for Sanu after the 2019 season. Sanu creates mismatches and brings a unique set of skills that will be difficult to replace. Similarly, Hurd’s size and ability to run with the ball (former RB) can enable the Falcons to continue with some of their creative packages. Rd5b - Jimmy Moreland, CB James Madison - not great size but good cover guy to add to the rotation. His ability to create turnovers should be very attractive. The Falcons can bulk him up a bit and he can develop into a solid slot DB. Rd6 - Iman Marshall, S USC - 3 CB’s in this draft??? Well Iman played CB in college but for the purpose of this mock the Falcons view him more as a safety and will plan to develop him there. Rd7 - Javon Patterson, OG/C Mississippi - Falcons will likely pick an interior OL to compete for a spot and develop. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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