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Should The Falcons Target Red Bryant This Offseason?

We all are well aware of the holes amongst the defensive line. The Falcons struggled mightily against the run this past season giving up the second most Rushing Yards in the NFL, including 100+ yard performances to the likes of Bobby Rainey and Andre Ellington. Our pass rush was just as horrid. The DT position is sometimes overlooked, especially on a team that has a star Defensive End(s) who generate many sacks. But I believe that the effectiveness of DE's vary based on the performance of the DT's. Having above-average play from the DT's prevents DE's from being double teamed, and gives them a greater chance of getting to the quarterback. Strong and explosive DT's have the ability to disrupt the pocket and plug up running lanes.

So enter Red Bryant, former defensive captain of the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks. At 6'4, 323, Bryant has the size the be a 3-4 Nose Guard but also has the ability to play in the 4-3 defensive system as well. Many Falcons fans wouldn't approve of the drafting of Aaron Donald unless we signed a big DT to play along side of him beforehand. Well I believe Red Bryant could be that DT. If the Falcons can resign Babs to a reasonable contract as well as Peters and then draft a rookie DT like Donald or maybe Hageman, we'll have a solid rotation of Bryant, Babs, Peters, Rookie, Travian Robertson, and a sprinkle of Malliciah Goodman here and there. Obviously, Bryant won't come as cheap as the Falcons would like so there's some doubt that they will pursue him. However, I believe by signing a guy like Bryant coupled with drafting of a rookie DT, like the ones previously mentioned, and/or DE/OLB like Clowney, Mack, Barr, Ealy, etc. the Falcons' defensive line will quickly change from an area of weakness to an area of strength and talent.

I want to hear your thoughts and opinions though. Would the Falcons be wise to go after Red Bryant?

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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