When asked about the traits he sees as ideal in pass rushers, Dan Quinn said, "...speed and length and that effort to keep relentlessly going - that's what makes the really good pass rushers the great ones - those hands, that effort, that mindset."
It's not surprising, then, to see so many experts mocking Nebraska's Randy Gregory to the Falcons, as ESPN's Todd McShay has done in his latest mock.
The Falcons really need to improve their pass rush, and while Gregory presents some off-field concerns, including a positive marijuana test at the Combine, I think Atlanta could be willing to take the risk with him. He has the length that new Falcons coach Dan Quinn wants in an edge rusher, to go with excellent quickness and explosiveness.
Gregory's physical traits and his talent aren't in question. Some feel that the failed drug test may scare off the Falcons, but considering also Dan Quinn's comments about considering players with off-field issues on a case-by-case basis, I don't think the marijuana issue will necessarily be a huge deterrent for a team that desperately needs a player like Gregory.
McShay also mentions that Vic Beasley could be a fit for the Falcons at eight, and while many believe Beasley will be off the board by the time the Falcons pick, McShay isn't as high on Beasley as other draft analysts.
For what it's worth, Georgia fans, you can add McShay to the list of people who think Todd Gurley will come off the board early. McShay has Gurley going to the Jets with the sixth overall pick.
You can see McShay's whole mock here (Insider access required), and check out SB Nation's rundown of McShay's mock, too. Share your hottest takes in the comments.