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Atlanta Falcons are "most interested" in supplemental draft OT Isaiah Battle

The Dan Quinn era is starting off with a number of changes.

Battle blocking the least intimidating defensive lineman in college football.
Battle blocking the least intimidating defensive lineman in college football.
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The most recent of the big changes: interest in a supplemental draft player. With character questions. Throw the word "process" right out the window!'s Mark Eckel looked into supplemental draft offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound player from Clemson. Battle is considered a bit of a project, but a likely fit at left tackle in the league.

"He's got good range, moves well for a big man,'' an AFC scout said. "He just needs to get stronger, both in the upper body and lower body. You watch his games last year and he was a lot better at the end of the season than he was at the beginning. There's some upside there.

Sounds like a quality fit for Atlanta's new offensive line scheme. Additionally, the team's depth chart at tackle is a pile of shattered dreams and disappointment. The position lacks players with upside, and they could certainly add a player at one of their weakest positions.

This is usually where the Falcons should be interested, but the team refuses to take a small risk on a player.

Not with Dan Quinn at the helm. The Falcons are apparently interested in a supplemental draft player, for likely the first time in franchise history.

"I'll be surprised if he's not taken,'' said a personnel executive for a NFC team, who added he hears Atlanta is the most interested. "He's worth a shot, for sure. It's just a matter of how much is he worth to you.''

Battle sounds fast and physical enough for Quinn. He will likely cost only a late round 2016 pick, which is a bargain if he can stay out of trouble. Luckily for the football community, the supplemental draft is scheduled very soon, and we should know if Atlanta is really interested on July 9th.

Battle would likely get a shot at right tackle, but would probably provide depth behind Jake Matthews. If the Falcons get Battle, it would likely mean the end to Lamar Holmes.