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What positions are the Falcons targeting, based on their prospect visits?

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Let's read some tea leaves.

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First, familiarize yourself with the FalcFans list of draft visits, which is such an exhaustive piece of work that I'm not going to replicate it here and take away his hard-earned clicks. Once you're done, please return here for this morning's discussion.




Okay, great. Based on the list you just read, it seems obvious that the Falcons are not going to make positions like running back and cornerback huge priorities, which makes sense for this roster even if Jalen Collins is going to miss the first four games of the season. Identifying their priority positions is a little tougher, but there are some clues to be found from their list of workouts and visits. Let's run them down.


The Falcons have been linked to several of the top safeties in the class, including Keanu Neal, Darian Thompson, and Su'a Cravens, and they've worked out mid-to-late round options like Kevin Byard out of Middle Tennessee and Justin Simmons out of Boston College, so they're covering their bases. There's interesting young talent at safety on the roster, but even assuming Ricardo Allen has free safety locked down (and I do) there's no clear-cut heir at strong safety with William Moore's departure. They'll take at least one safety.


As is the case with safety, you have a good blend of early round choices (Leonard Floyd, Myles Jack, Darron Lee) and fallback plans (Blake Martinez out of Stanford,  Nick Vigil out of Utah State). The Falcons could easily double dip at the position in this class, considering their current depth chart is something of a mess and their most athletic linebackers are over 30 (Philip Wheeler), chronically hurt (Sean Weatherspoon), or completely unproven (Tyler Starr). I still expect the first round choice to come down to safety, linebacker, and perhaps pass rusher.

Tight end

Jacob Tamme was a perfectly fine starting option a year ago, but he's slow-footed, under contract for just one more season, and not much of an asset as a blocker. The team has worked out or spent time with seven tight ends a fairly weak class, indicating they probably have legitimate interest in adding at least a project to a group that doesn't have much upside. Hunter Henry, Austin Hooper, and Nick Vannett are probably the most interesting guys on the list.

You should expect to see at least one offensive lineman drafted in this group, and a defensive end and/or defensive tackle are strong possibilities, but I'd view it as a lock that you'll see a safety, linebacker, and tight end with the Falcons' five picks. Weigh in with your thoughts.