It's no secret that the Falcons' pass rush has been abysmal in 2014.
Through 14 games, Atlanta's squadron of defenders has recorded just 16 sacks -- that's good for dead last in the NFL -- while allowing 8.3 yards per passing attempt, which is tied with the Bears for the worst in the league. And if stats aren't enough, the eye test will show you all the clean pockets this team has afforded to opposing quarterbacks.
So considering this poor production and the fact that Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann are set to become free agents following this season, it makes sense that the Falcons will look to draft a pass rusher as early as possible next May... right? Well, that's at least what ESPN draft dude Todd McShay has the Falcons doing in his first 2015 NFL mock draft.
Yep: just like Christmas music, mock draft season shows up earlier and earlier each year.
In this initial edition, McShay has the Falcons selecting Florida standout Dante Fowler, who in 11 contests has recorded 5.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback hurries. Measuring in at 6-foot-3 and 277 pounds, Fowler has all the physical tools NFL teams will covet and features both the speed to beat tackles around the edge and the strength to pressure the pocket with a bull rush. He's also shown the versatility to line up as both a defensive end and a pass-rushing outside linebacker, which can't hurt seeing as the Falcons defense could be going through yet another transition this offseason.
Given this team's weaknesses, Fowler seems as good a choice as any to bolster the roster for the future. But what say you?