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2015 NFL Draft picks: Falcons trade up, select Grady Jarrett in fifth round

The Clemson defensive tackle joins his teammate Vic Beasley in Atlanta.

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The Falcons have traded up to get their hands on Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. He's a squat, relentless defender.

40 yard dash: 5.06 seconds
Bench press: 30 reps
Vertical jump: 31 inches
Broad jump: 112 inches
3 cone drill: 7.37 seconds

The team surrendered their fifth and sixth round picks this year to get this done, but it's tough to argue against the value. Jarrett was projected by some to go to the Falcons as early as the second or third rounds, and his height aside, it's not hard to understand why.

Jarrett has quick feet, terrific instincts and a phenomenal motor. His hand usage is very advanced for an interior defensive lineman going this late, and chances are he'll be able to get significant snaps right away and make a difference for this Falcons team. The chief knocks on him are his lack of ideal size and a need for improved conditioning, but those aren't fatal flaws by any stretch of the imagination, especially for a guy you're picking up in the fifth round.

Long-term, he's the replacement for Jonathan Babineaux as a capable run defender who could be a sneaky-effective pass rusher in the middle. This might be the best value the Falcons have managed in this class, even with the move up, and it's safe to say I really like Grady Jarrett.

2015 NFL Draft Coverage

Falcons draft picks

Round 1, #8: EDGE Vic Beasley
Round 2, #42: CB Jalen Collins
Round 3, #73: RB Tevin Coleman
Round 4, #107: WR Justin Hardy
Round 5, #137: DT Grady Jarrett
Round 7, #225
Round 7, #249

Falcons team needs

1) FS
2) G
3) TE
4) LB
5) RT

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The draft will be televised live on both ESPN and the NFL Network.

Saturday, May 2, 12 p.m.: Rounds 4-7

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