The Atlanta Falcons took a deliberate, calculated approach over draft weekend. They took their preferred players and ignored the so-called "experts." Head coach Dan Quinn's influence was frequently apparent. But what roster questions were answered? Well, to be frank, that remains to be seen. Until some of these guys get to Flowery Branch and get to work, we won't truly known what the Falcons have. That said, here are some central questions I think they answered.
Quinn is not happy with the linebacker corps
The Falcons drafted two linebackers, Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell. They also signed priority undrafted free agent Will Ratelle. (There are reports suggesting Ratelle will play fullback and on special teams, not linebacker, for what that's worth.) In short, this is not a weakness Quinn will continue to tolerate. He's determined to make this position group better. It may take time, but it's going to happen. Jones is likely to start, relegating well-intentioned but underwhelming Paul Worrilow to a backup role. Campbell will need some seasoning, but he too will usurp snaps.
Quinn is ready for a tight end of the future
Elite tight ends don't grow on trees. We knew the Falcons would have difficultly replacing future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. But ever since his retirement, the position hasn't been a true strength. Jacob Tamme performed admirably last year, but he's not a long-term solution. Levine Toilolo is best suited as a backup and emergency offensive lineman. Enter Austin Hooper. Hooper needs to add a little bulk to his frame and refine his skill set, but once he does, look out NFL. He's a fearless receiver and a capable blocker. The Falcons only drafted Hooper because they believe he can be their tight end of the future.
Quinn is loyal to his guys
This isn't an answered roster question per se, just something roster-related that's worth noting. The Falcons fanbase momentarily freaked out when we took Keanu Neal with the 17th overall pick. We've since explained ad nauseum why it was a solid pick. Neal's selection, while well-deserved, tells you something about Quinn: he wants his guys. That's not a fatal flaw, but it's something to pay attention to going forward.