Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Andre Branch participates in an interception drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
April has finally arrived, and with the NFL Draft sitting just weeks away the speculation is starting to pour in. Without a first-round pick this year Atlanta's focus shifts to the end of Round 2.
Everyone has a different opinion as to what the Falcons should do with pick No. 55, but at least we have a few positions that fans can agree need to be addressed. The offseason began with a surging interest in drafting Coby Fleener, yet predictions have shifted away from him as of late.
DL and OL have been the target areas most have pointed out in recent weeks, and I tend to agree that the Falcons should draft a player from either of these two positions in Round 2.
Vinny Curry and Andre Branch are two defensive ends who have come up in mock drafts for Atlanta. Both are tenacious pass rushers with the ability to get into the backfield and wreak havoc on opposing QBs. The biggest problem with these two is the fact they're likely to be taken before the Falcons are even on the board.
As far as the offensive line goes, projections are all over the place. I've seen about 10 different prospects named in mock drafts going to Atlanta, and each guess is as likely as yours.
The thought of drafting a tight end at No. 55 has been a polarizing issue to say the least. Many believe Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener or Orson Charles should be taken, depending on who's available at that point. On the other hand, some are starting to develop an adoration for Ladarius Green (I'm on this bandwagon), an athletic TE who would likely be lingering in Round 3. Then you have those who would rather draft a project player, or wait until 2013 to find Tony Gonzalez's replacement.
If you're not familiar with the term BPA—best player available—you should be now. This seems like the route Atlanta will go. BPA with regards to DL, OL and TE seems to be the best strategy for the franchise, as there's no telling who exactly will be around for their second-round selection.
It seems like a defensive or offensive lineman would be the way to go for their first pick, but that's just my opinion. Branch or Curry are the two guys I would love to have, although it's wishful thinking. What do you guys think Atlanta should do?