Of coarse the 2011 NFL Draft is still far away, and we are still in the playoffs, but here is what the "experts" are saying....
Derek Sherrod: LT, Miss. State
Rodney Hudson, OG/C, Florida State
Hudson has won multiple awards for his stellar line play with the Seminoles, and he is noted both for his great form and discipline, allowing few sacks and committing even fewer penalties. There aren't many big needs for the Falcons, but adding an offensive lineman who can fill multiple spots is a logical move for the team.
Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland: With all due respect to the Johnsons (Andre and Calvin), Roddy White may just be the best receiver in the NFL. That said, the Falcons haven't seen as much development from Michael Jenkins or Harry Douglas as they expected. Receiver isn't a huge area of concern, but considering the talent of this class and Matt Ryan's growing stardom, taking a versatile speedster like Torrey Smith at this point in the draft makes sense.
Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue: The Falcons will covet his strength and hustle for their four-man front.
Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Tony Gonzalez told reporters earlier that he's "50-50" on retiring after this season. If he hangs it up - I think he definitely will if he wins the Super Bowl - the Falcons will really need help at tight end.
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|Atlanta needs someone who can continue what Tony Gonzalez does for Atlanta by being a middle of the field threat. Tony Gonzalez can teach Kyle Rudolph how to be that target and show him how to use his body control to get the ball. We need a blocker and a receiver. Rudolph was injured this past year but has 3 years in a pro style scheme and knows how it works. - Scott Carasik, Drafttek Atlanta Falcons Analyst|