Now that the Falcons have drafted a pair of offensive linemen, it's time to re-visit the starting lineup for the team.
The Falcons have not stood pat on the line after a season in which it was arguably their greatest weakness. They signed Vincent Manuwai as a potential mauler on the offensive line. They drafted Peter Konz, a near-future starter at center and a potential starting option for the criminally weak right guard position in 2012. And they selected Lamar Holmes, a tackle with prototypical size that needs serious coaching before he can become a top-flight reserve, much less a starter.
As a result, though, I don't expect the starters to remain the same. The Falcons seem to be smitten with Konz, and I imagine that he'll have the fast-track to the right guard job. It was a huge weakness last year, to say the least. I also think the Falcons will carry ten offensive linemen, given their emphasis on depth and the need to improve the line.
My best guess?
LT: Sam Baker
LG: Justin Blalock
C: Todd McClure
RG: Peter Konz
RT: Tyson Clabo
Reserves: Will Svitek, Lamar Holmes,
Joe Hawley, Mike Johnson, Vince Manuwai
Did not realize the Falcons have said explicitly that they'll be carrying nine linemen, because my ears don't work right. Cross Hawley off, because I like Johnson's upside better.
This could change one more time, if the Falcons sign someone like Marcus McNeill, but I'm pretty comfortable with this projection otherwise. I'd like to believe Svitek wins the left tackle job, but I bet it won't happen unless Baker struggles in the early going. Given his competition at right guard, Konz will probably win out, unless Manuwai makes a hell of a strong show.
Give us your best projections, if you would.