The Atlanta Falcons lucked out last night when
Todd Gurley Vic Beasley fell into their laps at the 8th spot. The team has finally seriously addressed their biggest need and hope to have their first true pass rusher since John Abraham was unceremoniously cut two years ago.
But who will they draft in day two? There are a number of interesting prospects that were not selected in day one but remain first round talents. In 2014, the team was hoping to trade into the back end of the first round to select a much needed defensive end. They were stuck at their original draft position and instead selected a defensive tackle.
Luckily, the team has solved their most glaring need in round one and has plenty of flexibility for where to go tonight. I would expect the team to try to add players at free safety, along the offensive line, and potentially consider a running back or tight end.
Here are the most interesting players that the team should be interested in tonight.
DE Randy Gregory
Perhaps the best pass rusher in the entire draft, Gregory fell out of the first round thanks to his concerning weight loss, marijuana history, and reported poor interviews. There is no way the Falcons select Gregory in round two, but he provides immense value for the team here.
RB Tevin Coleman
Get this man into a Mike Shanahan offense! Coleman has blistering speed and would help form the most talented running back group Atlanta has had in a decade. The new coaching staff is dedicated towards establishing a top run game, while our old coaching staff was dedicated to giving Steven Jackson's bones the bulk of the carries.
OG Ali Marpet
Marpet is a name that has picked up steam in recent months. He was dominant at Hobart College, but struggled at the Senior Bowl when not playing against future accountants. He has the size to be plugged in at left guard, or could get played at right tackle. The Falcons should add an offensive lineman before round five.
RB Ameer Abdullah
Thomas Dimitroff loves three things: (1) long bike rides with Lance Armstrong; (2) copious amounts of hair gel; and (3) short running backs. Abdullah may be the third running back selected this year, and would add another dimension to Atlanta's run game.
MLB Denzel Perryman
Perhaps the hardest hitting player in the draft, Perryman would help solidify the center of Atlanta's leaky defense. A bit of early Curtis Lofton to him, Perryman is ideally a two down thumper.
S Eric Rowe
The Falcons need a free safety and Rowe has some intriguing measurables. He could be a nice addition with upside that would fill the team's last glaring roster hole.
Day two projections
Anyone think the Falcons will take any of these players? My hit rate is Browns-esque.