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What Happens If The Falcons Can't Draft A DE In The First Round?

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This is a hypothetical, but it's one worth considering.

It's fair to say that a lot of us are locked in to a defensive end in the first round, and chances are somebody is going to be available at 27 with close to a first round grade. But let's say the unthinkable happens and the best guys available are Allen Bailey and Sam Acho, guys who the Falcons may not be comfortable expending a first round pick on, despite their obvious talents.

I think it's likely the second round pick would still be an end, but it does raise the question of what the Falcons will then do with their first round pick. Wide receiver keeps coming up, as does the possibility of a pass rushing linebacker.

Let me suggest a dark horse candidate, inspired by a chat I had with noted artist Jay Adams over at the official site. If a guy like Gabe Carimi is on the board at 27, the Falcons may be tempted to draft their right tackle of the future there and then. I think offensive line is a chronic need for NFL teams, and with the possibility that Tyson Clabo might walk in free agency when it eventually shows up, this wouldn't be a bad idea.

But you're here to debate, not listen to me. Weigh in!