With day 2 of the draft done for the Falcons, most fans want to know one thing: has the team improved? We'll never know until these guys step onto the field, but one thing is clear: these picks are reflective of what Dan Quinn wants to do with this team.
Without a doubt, Jones is a guy with a tremendous amount of speed. While he is somewhat undersized for linebacker, his athletic traits are fantastic. Jones will probably compete for the starting position at weakside linebacker, but also has special teams value and has the ability to cover running backs out of the backfield. His speed makes him a clear upgrade in nickel sets and as he develops, we're likely looking at a 3-down linebacker for the team. He has some flaws to clean up, but his upside is huge. This is clearly a Dan Quinn kind of guy.
Tight ends normally have a rough transition to the NFL, needing 2 to 3 years to adjust. Hooper comes from a good program at Stanford and with the pedigree to block inline and flex out as a receiver. Hooper won't need to start immediately, with Jacob Tamme holding down the starting spot and Levine Toilolo filling in as the 2nd tight end. But as a long-term prospect, Hooper offers some upside with the ability to develop into a capable red zone threat and in-line blocker and eventual starter. This is a pick for the future, with the potential to contribute this year as well.
What do you think of the Falcons additions on day 2 of the draft?