The Atlanta Falcons are committed to improving their offensive line. That's why the went out and signed Alex Mack. That's why they got restricted free agent Ryan Schraeder to sign his second round tender. But if we're honest, there's an elephant in the room: the situation at guard is tenuous at best. Between Andy Levitre and Chris Chester, the team can probably keep its head above water. (Put differently, Matt Ryan probably won't die.) But a Levite/Chester combination is not a long-term solution by any stretch of the imagination. And that's why there's a good possibility the Falcons draft a guard in this week's NFL draft.
Pre-draft workouts are a mixed bag. Sometimes they're informative and really mean something. Sometimes they mean nothing at all. I can't promise you it means anything, but the Falcons apparently hosted a private workout with LSU OL Vadal Alexander recently.
Vadal's hard work seems to have paid off. He's had private workouts with the Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, per Dellenger.
Apparently NFC South front offices are fond of this kid. Not familiar with Alexander? Well, if you've watched LSU at any point over the past four years, then you've probably seen him play. He played 700+ snaps for the Tigers in 2015, using his 6'5, 325 pound frame to knock down 100 defenders. (Yes, Falcoholics, he had exactly 100 knockdown blocks in 12 starts.)
Alexander is trying to slim down a bit. (He actually weighed over 350 pounds at one point.) He's played several different positions and is best known for his pure strength. He's one of the top five guard prospects in the draft and the Falcons could probably nab him in the third round. An asset in the running game, Alexander will need some time to develop in pass protection. That said, he could probably step in day one as the Falcons' starting left guard. Can't hate on that.