Chad Reuter of NFL.com released an interesting four round mock draft a couple days ago. He's predicting that the Atlanta Falcons will prioritize defense early in the draft. Check it out, if you haven't already.
Reuter has the Falcons selecting DE Kevin Dodd out of Clemson in the first round. Dodd, at 6'5, 275 pounds, is a beast. His status as an NFL prospect is 100 percent attributable to a fantastic 2015 campaign. He amassed 46 QB pressures and 12 sacks. (He also had a sack in each of his last 5 games). If there's a knock on Dodd, it's that he lacks technique. But technique is teachable, and the Falcons would be lucky to have Dodd.
Reuter predicts another defensive pick in the second round for the Falcons: Missouri ILB Kentrell Brothers. As you know, the Falcons desperately need capable linebackers. Brothers is a tackling machine. He's durable (starting 40 straight games in college), physical, and built like dump truck (6'1, 250 pounds). I dig this pick.
In the third round Reuter mocks LSU S Jalen Mills to the Falcons. Mills broke his fibula prior to the 2015 season and struggles against the run. On the other hand, he's a respected coach-player type with high football IQ. Not a bad pick in the third round.
Finally, in the fourth round, Reuters mocks Arizona State OG Christian Westerman to the Falcons. Westerman thrived in a spread attack at Arizona State. Why? Because he's athletic and can get to the second level. Sounds like an ideal fit for Kyle Shanahan's zone blocking scheme.
Now, if you've made it this far, then I'm sure you're just itching to tell me your thoughts. So what say you? Would this be a respectable haul for the Falcons?