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A Discussion Of The Atlanta Falcons Offensive Needs

The Bird Cage blog on the AJC serves as the jumping off point for this discussion, wherein you ladies and gentlemen will tell me how you would rank the offensive needs of this Atlanta Falcons team.

The author actually ranks wide receiver at the top of the draft needs list, above offensive line, and also states he'd be "surprised" if Thomas Dimitroff didn't put on his fur hat and communistically (note: not a word) draft a tight end in 2010. You're highly encouraged to hop over there and read his logic for doing so, but as those of you who don't skim my articles to filter all the boring stuff might imagine, I'm not completely sold on it.

Personally, I would put offensive line at the top of our needs list. Even if you're totally comfortable with our starters—and a combination of penalties and injuries means I'm definitely not—there's an argument to be made that our depth could use improving. While the team could certainly select a wide receiver higher in the draft than offensive line, I'd be kind of surprised if they didn't use at least two picks to address that need.

I also don't believe they'll even use a pick at tight end. Justin Peelle is a valuable reserve and Keith Zinger is an emerging player who makes a fine backup, so I can't see this being the year the team decides Tony Gonzalez is going to dive off a cliff.

My own personal list would look something like this:

1. Offensive Line

2. Wide Receiver

3. Running Back

4. Tight End

737. Quarterback

And all of those would rank below our defensive needs to begin with. But you knew that.

How about you? Where do you stand?