No team in the NFL - not even the Broncos - has a complete roster. Most fans know and understand this, yet all of us still clamor for filling every hole and having every position stocked with pro-bowl caliber talent. While this isn't realistic, it is important to identify areas of weakness and try to work on them, even if the best you can do is to fill it with average talent. So, where do the Falcons stand after the 2016 draft? What positions could still stand to be upgraded as we begin our long march into the season?
This one will shock no one, as it is the single position almost every Falcons fan wanted to "fix" in this draft. Most people agree that Paul Worrilow probably should be a backup and not a 16 game NFL starter. After the draft finished, the question still remains: who is going to play MLB for the Falcons? If it's still Worrilow, it definitely feels like a weak spot in our rebuilding defense. If not Worrilow, might one of our two rookies get a look on the inside? Is the team thinking of actually moving Reed or Weatherspoon to the middle? The fact that these questions are lingering makes it clear that this position is still a big hole in the minds of fans - and rightfully so.
Right now, the Falcons technically have two veteran starters in Levitre and Chester. However, Chris Chester will be coming off of surgery and is in his twilight years. Levitre played ok in spots, but was a penalty machine last year. The hope is that bringing in Alex Mack will help stabilize the interior, but that will only go so far. The team did draft Wes Schweitzer, but he figures to be a factor in 2017 and beyond. Mike Person may also get a shot at right guard, but none of these names instills a ton of confidence.
Why would I list corner when we have Trufant and Alford manning the outside? In today's NFL, you really need three starting corners, since most teams spend the majority of time in sub-packages and nickel and dime sets. Jalen Collins will eventually get the opportunity to fill the nickel spot this year, but his four game suspension means we are lacking a viable third corner for 25% of our season. More than likely, the Falcons will look to find a veteran that can fill in this role while Collins is out.
Right now, the Falcons have Derrick Shelby, Adrian Clayborn, Malliciah Goodman and Tyson Jackson at defensive end. Goodman is on the fringes of the roster at this point while all signs point to Tyson Jackson making a permanent move to defensive tackle. Courtney Upshaw could potentially step in at the position but he's currently listed as an outside linebacker and figures to play more in the SAM role than at DE. Shelby and Clayborn are probably the day one starters, but the depth at this position is not inspiring. The Falcons may still make additional moves to try and bolster the talent in this unit.
What are your thoughts on the remaining needs for the Falcons?