As the Atlanta Falcons' season slips away, it's natural to look ahead. In particular, it's natural to wonder what personnel needs the Falcons may look to address in the 2016 NFL Draft. That's why there are mock drafts! I know what you're thinking. "Really James? We're already going there?" Yes. Yes we are.
15. Atlanta Falcons: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Any number of positions are in play for the Falcons, but given how one-dimensional their passing offense has been with WR Julio Jones the only viable option, they'll look to add a playmaker early in the draft. Coleman had a breakout season with 20 receiving touchdowns and a 3.86 yards-per-route average that ranked for third in the nation. He would have finished higher in our receiver grades had the Bears not suffered so many injuries at quarterback.
I can see how PFF comes to this conclusion. If the Falcons do end up somewhere in the middle of the first round, they're in a position where they may need to go for the best skill player available. In comes Coleman, whose outstanding production is probably just a natural consequence of the system he plays in. There's no doubt he's talented, but scouts question his technique and effort. Plus if the Falcons don't select a pass rusher in the first round, Dave will likely go on an alcohol-fueled, multi-state crime spree. And I'll be honest, I can't afford to bail him out this time.