Pro Football Focus, that of course mocked Atlanta a wide receiver in the first round, has a mock for day two of the draft. After adding a big hitter in the middle of the defense with Keanu Neal, they have the team dipping into offense early before addressing the defensive line.
And no, we did not get Myles Jack.
50. Atlanta Falcons – Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
This is a complete no-brainer when it comes to fit. Levine Toilolo ranked 54th among tight ends with his player grade in 2015, and Henry would represent an immediate upgrade. The highest-graded receiver at tight end in each of the past two seasons, Henry didn’t drop a single pass in 2015, and would be a great red-zone weapon for quarterback Matt Ryan.
This pick makes so much sense, there is no way the Falcons would do it. Henry is very fast and can provide so much more off a downfield threat than Jacob Tamme. Henry is the best tight end in the draft, and would be great working across from Tamme and giving Atlanta some much needed offensive speed. Cody Whitehair would make a lot of sense with this pick as well.
81. Atlanta Falcons – Maliek Collins, DI, Nebraska
Atlanta needs to add strength to its defensive front, and does so in the form of Maliek Collins from Nebraska. Collins earned solid grades as both a run defender and pass-rusher this past season and would be a major upgrade in Atlanta’s rotation.
Collins is an explosive defensive tackle that needs some work, and will probably max out as a rotational player. It would be a nice addition, but not quite the impact I would hope for in the third round. The Falcons could add a starter at linebacker around here, instead of tossing another body at the defensive tackle group.