Coming at you with another exercise in futility, this is my second and final full-length mock draft in which I haplessly loft darts at a board and hope the pick sounds feasible.
Round 1, #24 - CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
The rumors that Atlanta will trade up in the first round may just be that - rumors - but when you look at the evidence, it's hard to deny certain things.
First, we know Dimitroff has a history of trading up in the first as GM of the Falcons (Julio Jones, Sam Baker). Secondly, it's been made clear by the coaching staff and front office that the Falcons still consider themselves to be in "win now" mode (despite cutting a number of veteran starters).
Most importantly, this sort of trade will not cost Atlanta an arm and a leg. Many speculate Trufant could fall to No. 30 overall, but I believe the Falcons will have to jump the Vikings at No. 25 to land an impact corner this year.
And that's what the Falcons would get in Trufant: a cornerback that can take Dunta Robinson's vacated spot and presumably start from week one. He's still a value pick, too. I actually consider him to be on the same level as Xavier Rhodes, and not slightly below as others have him. D.J. Hayden could be another intriguing possibility here, though the evals on him range all over the place and that arterial tear is scary.
So Trufant seems like the safer pick. He's a little too handsy and will have to adjust quickly or else be liable for pass interference early and often. But the instincts, the intangibles, the coverage skills, the physical play and the athleticism all check out. It's a perfect fit.
Round 2, #60 - DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn
I was hard-pressed not to go with Gavin Escobar here, but like Dave I think Lemonier is the best way to go.
This is a guy whose production was much better as a junior and sank while playing on a terrible Auburn squad in 2012. His pass-rushing ability and potential is undeniable, but what intrigued me even more was his versatility. The Tigers coaching staff had him lined up at the five-technique, as a stand-up rusher and even (oh no) dropping into coverage.
His technique stands to improve, but the Falcons could to use him rotationally and still see rookie production on the D-line right away. I'll admit Lemonier may be a reach this early, and out of all my picks I'm probably the least confident Atlanta would make this one.
He's probably not the best player available here, but he fills a crucial need.
Round 4, #127 - OLB Zaviar Gooden, Missouri
The same university that brought us Sean Weatherspoon has another outside linebacker that screams Atlanta in Gooden.
The Falcons had such issues covering tight ends and running backs down the stretch that I think, at the very least, some depth is needed. Nicholas may be able to right the ship this season, but regardless the Falcons need another backup option at the position.
Gooden is explosive, hard-hitting, and can match up with the faster players he'll face in coverage. Great instincts, consistent tackling ability, and he has the potential to be an impact player this year. Someone buy Dimitroff some Mizzou gear already.
Round 4, #133 - CB Will Davis, Utah State
"Another cornerback?" you furiously begin typing. His lack of experience and the level of competition he faced in college are probably legitimate concerns here.
But Davis has flashed the athleticism and natural play-making ability you would look for in a starting corner, making him a potential steal here even in the fourth round. He's naturally going to be unrefined, but he has killer instinct and great change of direction when in coverage. He's also another guy the Falcons brought in for a workout.
Round 5, #163 - TE Levine Toilolo, Stanford
There's the tight end Dimitroff said the Falcons would draft, the first offensive selection of the draft in round five.
Listed at 6'8 and 265 pounds, Toilolo is a freak of an athlete, and it's hard to ignore the big-time potential here. He has quality hands, comes from a Stanford program known for producing pro-level tight ends, and some serious mismatch ability with 4.8 40-time speed.
But he's a project. Technique is inconsistent, both blocking and receiving, and he has very limited starting experience. The Falcons, however, can stick him at No. 2 and let him learn from the GOAT as a rookie.
Round 6, #192 - SS Cooper Taylor, Richmond
He hasn't been discussed too much on this board, but I love what Taylor can do and the Falcons need another backup safety.
He began at Georgia Tech, but transferred to the Spiders after Paul Johnson failed to give him a fair shot because of a heart condition that was apparently corrected. His two remaining seasons at Richmond were nothing short of impressive.
Taylor has a fantastic football IQ, plays with purpose, takes good angles to the ball and hits hard to boot. Not an elite athlete, but he makes up for that with instincts, consistency and effort.
Also, he's a local kid who played at my high school and guided our team to second place in AAAA his senior season. Biased? Maybe. But I have no doubt he would beat Schillinger for a roster spot.
Round 6, #198 - OT Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
Dimitroff drafted two Badgers last year, including Peter Konz, so he may have his eyes on Wagner.
Wagner has experience at both left and right tackle, has great technique (as most Wisconsin linemen do) and would provide depth at a position in sorely need of it. Thinking more on it, it would actually surprise me quite a bit if he's still around in the late sixth, but it's so hard to tell on day three of the Draft.
Round 7, #236 - WR T.J. Moe, Missouri
Another Tiger, Moe would provide depth at receiver with the potential to be the starting slot receiver down the road in Atlanta. Has the right combination of agility and hands you would want to see.
Round 7, #243 - DT Chris Jones, Bowling Green
Under Dimitroff and Smitty, the Falcons have taken a seventh-round defensive lineman in three of the last five drafts. This year, we're bringing some MACtion to Atlanta in Jones, whose pass-rushing abilities make him an interesting choice as a late-round flyer.
Round 7, #244 - RB Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
Apparently Dave and I were thinking the same thing here. Graham didn't look as explosive in 2012 after suffering an ACL tear the previous year, but this is a guy who seemingly has every skill you look for: speed, agility, pass-catching, the ability to power through initial contact.
The injury is a concern, but there's essentially no risk in using a seventh on him.
Round 7, #249 - C Dalton Freeman, Clemson
The Falcons seem set on drafting a backup center this year. Freeman can provide that, and perhaps then Hawley would slide over and serve as the primary backup guard on the right side.
UFAs - QB Seth Doege, RB David Carter, CB Branden Smith, OG Jamaal Johnson-Webb
Carter is a powerful fullback-halfback hybrid out of Morehouse similar to Jason Snelling. I like the depth he would provide at both spots, especially considering Bradie Ewing's ACL injury. Smith is speedy as heck and could contribute as a return man and gunner on special teams right away. Doege and Johnson-Webb would be solid depth plays, as well.
And if for some reason you wanted to see a mock depth chart after all this stuff hypothetically took place (why would you?), well, here's one now: