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Atlanta Falcons mock draft: Seven rounds of greatness

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Tis the season.

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It's time, friends.

The Draft season is kicking off for the league as All-Star games get underway through the end of the month. What better way to start the coverage on The Falcoholic than a mock draft?

Remember, this is just a mock draft. We're starting to get a feel of where certain prospects will land in the draft; treat this as a sketch, an overview of potential Falcons fits. The picture will become clearer after the combine in February and once free agency hits in March.

Let's dive in.

Round 1 (Pick 17, 17th Overall): Darron Lee, Linebacker, Ohio State

Myles Jack from UCLA is the best linebacker in the draft, but right now it doesn't seem like he's going to fall to the Falcons pick. Darron Lee from Ohio State brings much of the same dynamic as Jack. He's a fast, rangy linebacker with rare cover skills that Atlanta sorely needs from their linebackers. Lee is a disciplined linebacker playing his run fits first and attacking the ball in a smooth yet violent manner.

If there's one area that Lee can improve on, it's his strength attacking blocks coming downhill. However, in the Falcons 4-3 Under scheme (more content on that coming later) he'll be protected by the likes of Paul Soliai, Tyson Jackson, and Ra'Shede Hageman. He's still a young player so he should be able to add that strength as he moves to an NFL lifting program.

There's really no way that the Falcons can go into the 2016 season with the current level of linebacker play. Darron Lee would be a tremendous upgrade over Paul Worrilow and would be a nice complement to Justin Durant.

Round 2 (Pick 19, 50th Overall): Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

The Falcons need a big play threat on offense. It was abundantly clear that Atlanta's passing game could be shut down if the opposing team slowed down Julio Jones. Will Fuller is more than capable of stretching the field and offers a speed dynamic that the Falcons currently lack.

Will Fuller is a blend of DeSean Jackson and Martavis Bryant. Fuller suffers some concentration lapses and drops easy passes, but his ability to big up yards in chunks more than makes up for those drops.

Round 3 (Pick 18, 81st Overall): Ryan Kelly, Center, Alabama

Mike Person exceeded his expectations starting for the Falcons this year (because he had none), but moving forward he can't be the long term starter for the Falcons. He should get a chance to play guard next season leaving a hole at the center position.

Ryan Kelly from Alabama is the perfect fit at center in Kyle Shanahan's zone blocking scheme. He's rude, athletic, and fairly technically sound. Shanahan's scheme displayed last year that bottom tier NFL talent could produce competent offensive line play, imagine if they inserted some legitimate starting caliber players in? Kelly could slide right in as the starting center and begin to solidify the interior offensive line.

Round 4 (Pick 17, 112th Overall): Jordan Jenkins, Outside Linebacker/Edge Rusher, Georgia

Jordan Jenkins is the typical "Jack of All Trades, Master of None" type linebacker. In the fourth round of the draft, that would be nice value. Jenkins played all over Georgia's front seven, but his best value resides in the strongside linebacker position of Atlanta's defense. His combine will be colossal for his draft status; he's going to need to test well to make up for some inconsistent play.

The fifth round pick was lost due to the crowd noise debacle. The sixth round pick was the price for acquiring Andy Levitre from the Titans.

Round 7 (Pick 17, 208th Overall): Parker Ehinger, Offensive Tackle, Cincinnati

The Falcons should continue to add offensive line depth. Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder should be entrenched at the starting tackle positions, but it'd be nice to develop some talent behind them. Ehinger is a big, athletic tackle that needs some fine tuning. Atlanta will try to find a swing tackle to roster next year and in the seventh round of the draft it's worth the gamble.

Obviously, looking at a five pick mock draft before free agency leaves a ton of holes on the team. It would make a lot of sense for the Falcons to trade back in the second or third round to try and collect more draft picks as they replenish the talent on the roster.