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2015 NFL Draft: Falcons team needs after Round 3

The Falcons have added three quality players to their roster, but there are still a few needs to address. What do they need to do in Day 3 of the NFL Draft?

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Two down, one to go. We've reached the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft, and the Atlanta Falcons are still looking to address a few major needs on their roster.

So far they've addressed the pass rush, added a longer corner and upgrade their backfield. What positions are left for the Falcons to target on Day 3?

Free safety

Dezmen Southward and Charles Godfrey are at the top of the depth chart, but the Falcons could use another free safety. Godfrey was cut by the Panthers in 2014 and he didn't play on defense for the Falcons after signing with them. For whatever reason they gave him $1.5 million to stick around.

There was talk of Southward moving to cornerback earlier in the offseason, but after Atlanta picked Jalen Collins in Round 2, it looks like Southward might be staying put. He only played 257 snaps in 2014 and didn't look great for most of them in pass coverage.

Best players available
Derron Smith, Fresno State:
Four-year starter with plus coverage skills. Earned First Team All-MWC honors three years straight. Doesn't have the size and length that's ideal for the position, but he has the ballskills for it.

Anthony Harris, Virginia: First Team All-ACC and All-American in 2013. Didn't start playing basketball until high school (former basketball player, also played QB in high school). Good size for the position. Aggressive player who could develop into a decent starter with some coaching.

Cody Prewitt, Mississippi: 2013 All-American and First Team All-SEC player. Needs a lot of work on his technique, doesn't quite have the instincts you'd like to see. He might not be more than a backup in the NFL.

Gerod Holliman, Louisville: Broke out last year and finished with 14 interceptions. Liability against the run. Had 20 missed and/or broken tackles in 2014. First Jim Thorpe Award winner to not go in the top 45 picks in 10 years.

Left guard

James Stone, Harland Gunn, Mike Person. Those are the guys you want on the cover of your 2015 program. It will be a battle through training camp to decide who starts at left guard, but the Falcons could really use a younger player with upside. Stone might end up being a decent fill-in for now.

Best players available
Tre Jackson, Florida State: Huge guard with massive hands. Ended up choosing Florida State after originally committing to Georgia Tech (Dawg fans will like that). Chronic knee problems have caused his stock to fall. Seems best suited in a power scheme.

Josue Matias, Florida State: Apparently the Seminoles recruited some decent O-line players. Started 43 games at left guard in college. Didn't start playing football until high school. Decent/average in most areas, doesn't really excel at any one aspect of his game. Good upside here.

Jarvis Harrison, Texas A&M: Someone needs to light a fire under his ass. Work ethic is a concern, scouts are worried about his desire to play football. I mean, the dude was late to his own pro day. Dealt with conditioning issues as well. Could be a Pro Bowl guard if he committed himself and lived up to his potential.

Wide receiver

You might put linebacker over wide receiver in your list of needs, but this is mine, so this is what we're going with. Roddy White will turn 34 in November. Leonard Hankerson is here on a one-year deal. The Falcons have mediocre tight ends. Matt Ryan needs another playmaker, preferably someone who can stretch the field (which I've been talking about for ages).

Best available
Tre McBride, William & Mary: Ran a 4.41 in the 40. Scouts seem split on whether he can play outside or if he's a slot guy. Draws comparison to Pierre Garcon, another small school receiver. Great release, good tracking skills. Harvard recruited him for academics, so you know he has the intelligence as well. Would love to see him in Atlanta.

Jamison Crowder, Duke: He'll be strictly a slot receiver at 5-foot-8. Small catch radius, but he catches everything without breaking stride and can do damage with the ball in his hands. Crowder is quick and has great acceleration. Size is the main issue here.

Vince Mayle, Washington State: Taller receiver at 6-foot-2. Take a bit to build up his speed, but can be a threat downfield. More of a long-term situation with Mayle. He's a raw receiver who will need some work. The upside is clearly there.

Kenny Bell, Nebraska: This is a person favorite (you know if you follow me on Twitter). Bell is a bit lanky and there are questions about his body type, but he's still 6-foot-2 with 4.42 speed. Has that extra gear to be a downfield weapon. Good blocker, leader in the locker room. Bell is somewhat under the radar still.

For a full list of players still available, check out Mocking The Draft's list. Who are you hoping the Falcons draft today?