The 2016 draft came and went with the vision of making your Atlanta Falcons fast and physical. With only 5 picks going into the first round, Quinn and the front office may have done just that. Let's take a quick look at who the team ended up with after seven rounds of intense, nail-biting action.
Round 1, Pick 17: SS Keanu Neal, Florida
Atlanta veered off into a different direction in round 1 as the majority of the fanbase expected the pick to come down to a linebacker or defensive end. Instead, the team took Florida strong safety Keanu Neal, who can lay a wallop and set the tone on defense. Quinn gets his Kam Chancellor (hopefully) in the secondary and fans can start to move on from the Willy-Mo breakup and look towards the future.
Round 2, Pick 52 (from HOU): OLB Deion Jones, LSU
For what the front office missed out on in speed on day one, they made up for on day two. Deion Jones is an absolutely athletic freak out of LSU, but similar to previous Falcons' mid-round picks, will certainly be a project going into 2016. With just one year starting under his belt, the game could come at him quickly at the pro level. His physical gifts cannot go ignored, though.
Round 3, Pick 81: TE Austin Hooper, Stanford
Outside the addition of Sanu this offseason and Justin Hardy in the 4th round a year ago, the team rarely builds around Matt Ryan when it comes to passing options. Giving Matt a big, explosive target over the middle will do nothing but help an offense that will have a revamped look going into next year. Hooper will be Ryan's favorite shiny, new toy.
Round 4, Pick 115: OLB De'Vondre Campbell, Minnesota
Atlanta continues their trend of taking athletic players who can come in and compete with their speed. Campbell, similar to Jones, is a raw athlete that will need to be molded my Quinn and his staff. If they're serious about developing players, Campbell could be a steal, but his fit on the defense is still a question with Deion likely locking down the WILL spot at linebacker. Atlanta gets faster on defense despite the questions.
Round 6, Pick 195 (from HOU): OL Wes Schweitzer, San Jose St.
I knew nothing about Schweitzer before reading the name, but with a little looking around, you'll find that Wes is an intelligent and versatile lineman that can move. He'll be giving guys like Chester and Person some competition for that right guard spot as well.
Round 7, Pick 238: WR/KR Devin Fuller, UCLA
Dimitroff adds someone who can legitimately blow to top off of a defense, but doesn't have the production to show for it in Devin Fuller. He might have more of a future as Devin Hester's heir rather than someone who can become a big contributor in the passing game, but he's someone we can get excited about nonetheless.
Which pick are you most excited about as we prepare for a long, boring summer void of football?