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2016 NFL Draft: Falcons land top linebacker, tight end in Todd McShay's latest two round mock

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We'd be pretty happy with this start to the 2016 NFL Draft.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

I've found, over the years, that some of the nation's leading mock draft artists tend to do weird things with the Falcons' picks, in that they are sometimes selecting players who are both not good fits positionally and not the best players available, in the humble opinions of Falcons fans. Sometimes, though, they'll put out something deeply logical, as ESPN's Todd McShay did yesterday.

Here's his two round mock:

Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

Lee, a former high-school quarterback, still needs a little refinement as a linebacker, but he has been blessed with an elite combination of speed (4.47 40-yard dash) and athleticism. When he's freed up and doesn't have to take on blocks, Lee displays an upper-echelon closing burst getting to the ball carrier.

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Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

At 6-foot-5 and 253 pounds, Henry has the body type to make plays down the seam, and he uses his frame well to shield defenders from the ball in contested-catch situations.

I'm not an overly enthusiastic proponent of Darron Lee, but the Falcons have glaring needs for both A) speed and B) linebackers, so it's at least a logical fit. My chief concern with Lee is that he's more athlete than great player, though I'll readily acknowledge that with a year or two of molding in Dan Quinn's system, he could become one. Henry, meanwhile, looks like easily the best tight end in a weak class, and a player who could be a long-term pass-catching solution at a position the Falcons could really use one for. If this scenario unfolded in April, I would be pretty satisfied.

What do you think of this mock?