With free agency hitting the inevitable lull, mock drafts are taking into consideration the remaining needs for the Atlanta Falcons. Brent Grimes hasn't re-signed, and given his recent excursions to Cleveland and Miami, it might be time to start picturing the secondary with No. 20 on the roster.
Chris Owens is also gone after signing with the Browns. You can take out the "depth" part of the cornerback depth chart. It's really just two guys.
Could the Falcons take a corner with pick No. 30? The scenario will certainly be the front-runner if they land Osi Umenyiora. The pass rush still needs work even with his addition, but corner takes precedence then. Here's a few expert opinions on Atlanta's first selection.
Matthew Fairburn notes Grimes and Dunta Robinson's absence, making corner a vital position to address. Trufant ran a blistering 4.38 40 in Indianapolis. He's one of the most talented corners in the 2013 draft class. He might not be available this late, but Trufant would instantly upgrade the Falcons secondary.
Carradine will have a personal pro day a week before the NFL Draft. There's a lot riding on his performance after recovering from an ACL tear last November. He'd be a much higher pick if he was completely healthy. A potential monster in pass rush, Carradine's workout will dictate his draft position.
Werner participated in outside linebacker drills at the Combine. However, his skill set seems best suited for a 4-3 end. He could be a versatile pass rusher in Mike Nolan's scheme. Werner's draft stock is falling. The Falcons would be lucky to grab him at the end of Round 1.
An early favorite for the Falcons, Okafor played at left and right end with the Longhorns. He improves the pass rush while possessing the ability to stop the run as well. I'd still like to see Werner or Carradine fall to the Falcons, but Okafor is a good value.
Average size and speed will probably put Poyer in the second round. He was an All-American corner at Oregon State, but he'd be a better fit for the Falcons if he was a running back (get it??). There are better options at this position for the Falcons in Round 1.
Which one of these players do you think is the best choice for Atlanta? Or do they all not meet your expectations?