clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2016 NFL mock draft: Falcons hit their needs in latest from SB Nation's Mocking The Draft

New, comments

Getting a pass rusher, a linebacker/safety hybrid and a guard isn't bad at all.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

If you think the Falcons' top three needs are pass rusher, linebacker, and guard, then this will be the draft for you.

17. Atlanta Falcons - Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

With second-year player Vic Beasley expected to line up more as a linebacker this season, the Falcons could use another player who can pressure the pocket up front. Dodd -- Beasley's former teammate at Clemson -- is a bigger end who can set the edge and still get into the backfield.

[...]

50. Atlanta Falcons - Su’a Cravens, LB, Southern California

[...]

81. Atlanta Falcons - Spencer Drango, G/OT, Baylor

This isn't a perfect class, considering that Dodd carries some risk, I'm not 100% sure where Cravens is going to play for Atlanta, and Drango has some questions with reaction time and physicality that could end up torpedoing his career as a guard in the NFL, which is where he'd almost certainly play for Atlanta. For those quibbles, though, there's a ton of upside here, because Cravens is a legitimate chess piece, Dodd could pair with Vic Beasley to create Atlanta's best pass rushing tandem in years, and Drango could become a solid starting guard in the NFL.

The biggest question is whether Cravens would primarily play safety or linebacker, because whichever position he doesn't wind up at will be one manned by a stopgap free agent or player already on the roster for 2016, neither of which is ideal.

What do you think of this haul?