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2015 NFL mock draft: A different direction for the Falcons first two rounds

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The Atlanta Falcons pick up a pass rusher and a running back in Dan Kadar's latest two round mock.

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Mock draft season rolls on as the draft approaches, and the latest from SB Nation's Dan Kadar takes the Falcons in a different and interesting direction.

I realize I'm a couple of days late to the party here, and that Kadar may well have a new mock by the time you read this because he is a remorseless mocking machine. But this particular draft unfolds a little bit differently, under the assumption that Randy Gregory won't pass the team's notorious (if probably relaxed) character filter, and that Devonta Freeman can't or won't be the primary ball carrier for the Falcons.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Bud Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky

What happens if Atlanta decides that Randy Gregory’s drug issues are too much? They can easily pass on him if Dupree is still on the board. The Falcons may have signed Brooks Reed, but Dupree is better suited to play Leo if the Falcons do utilize the hybrid position like head coach Dan Quinn did in Seattle.

Dupree's a solid choice here. I'd obviously prefer Gregory and suspect the Falcons would, too, but Dupree has a tremendous amount of upside and Quinn's good at finding spots for freakish athletes in his defenses. I have no criticism for this pick, and if the first round unfolds this way, you really won't hear me complaining.

42. Atlanta Falcons: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana

Devonta Freeman is a decent player, but maybe not a lead back. Someone like Coleman would be a good fit in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s system.

This pick is a little more baffling. I like Coleman a great deal—the comparisons to DeMarco Murray won't be entirely accurate, but that's the kind of runner he has the potential to be—but I don't want the Falcons going for a non-Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon runner in the second round, period.

Simply put, zone blocking schemes have a way of making average-to-good running backs look better, and the Falcons can probably get by just fine with Freeman, Antone Smith and a mid-round bruiser. I'd prefer not to spend the draft capital unless the Falcons really feel a guy like Coleman is a potentially elite option.

What are your thoughts for this mock?