With pre-season well underway, college football is about to begin and I need help from you other Falcons fans!
Last weekend I realized that, as a Gamecock fan, I know very little about anyone or anything going on outside of the SEC with respect to college football and decided that I want to branch out. This is where I need your help. I feel like the easiest way to develop an interest in conferences outside of my own is to compile a list of the top positions of need for the 2014/15 Falcons and then hunt out some of the future NFL draft prospects in those positions to watch them play this year.
At first glance, here are some positions with major needs that I feel should be addressed in the next year or two in no particular order:
- Defensive Tackle (Nose Tackle?)
- Defensive End
- Right Tackle
Our offense is possibly the most feared in the NFL so now is the time to work on improving our D. The secondary is pretty solid and shows promise for the foreseeable future but a pass rush would help. Osi's not particularly young and a stud DE would really make a difference. DT while not terrible is not stunning either. There's also been talk about converting to 3-4 so we'd need a big Nose Tackle for that. Obviously there is concern about the O-line and even if Lamar Holmes
can meet the requirements we might want something more. Steven Jackson has done more work than my dad's old lawn mower and is probably the same age. Neither will last forever, Quizz isn't big enough to be a feature back and I don't know that our young prospects are capable of being a #1 yet but we learned last year, we need to be able to close out games, pound the ball some and move the chains on 3rd and short.
Here are some positions with what I feel to be less imminent needs:
- Tight End
- Wide Receiver
Tony's gone this year and we need a solid replacement. Maybe it's Coffman or Toilolo, maybe not. Roddy White
is almost 32 and his contract is over in 2015 (34). Maybe we re-sign him to a short one, maybe we look for younger fresher talent. Regardless, this team's offense is lethal because Matt Ryan has dangerous weapons to work with and I feel TD wants to keep it that way (HD and Drew Davis
are fine #3/#4 but they aren't #2s yet). Same goes for Asante. Whether we re-sign him, convert him to safety as he slows down, or let him go, Nolan likes having 5 CBs and we know the Front Office likes young talent.
I included LBs here because we have some interesting prospects in Worrilow/Bartu that need more time to evaluate and I have a feeling that Biermann will primarily be used as a linebacker if we can bring on or develop another quality DE (or convert to 3-4). Feel free to add them to your suggestions though if you feel there is serious need.
So tell me, what do you think the Falcons biggest needs are for the next couple seasons?