With the NFL's supplemental draft looming and the Falcons reportedly showing real interest in Clemson tackle Isaiah Battle, I thought it might be a good time to take a look at a potential snag: That lost fifth round pick.
Going into a year without a full complement of draft picks is never ideal, of course, but a lost fifth round is a relatively light penalty for the Falcons after a rogue employee (or more people than that, my inner conspiracy theorist whispers) piped in crowd noise to home games for parts of two seasons. The problem is that if they are interested in Battle, they'll likely need to surrender a third or fouth round pick to land him, and then they're two picks shy when the actual draft rolls around next April. That's hardly an ideal scenario for a team that will need at least another year to entirely re-tool the roster to Dan Quinn's liking.
That leaves the team with a tough choice, assuming their reported interest in Battle is legitimate. They can either bite the bullet and pick up Battle, giving them an athletic project and potential 2015 swing tackle at the cost of a useful mid-round pick in 2015, or they can pass on a player they may genuinely like because they want to have more flexibility and picks during the 2016 NFL Draft. There are legitimate downsides to both choices, and sadly, having that fifth round pick might make the decision a little easier.
The NFL supplemental draft kicks off tomorrow at 1 p.m. Do you think the Falcons will make a pick?