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Who are the three best defensive tackles in Falcons history?

If you guessed that Jonathan Babineaux would be on this list, you guessed correctly.

Travis Hall Falcons

The interior of the defensive line has not been a strength for the Falcons throughout the team’s history, but they have had some terrific players who played integral roles for some of the better defenses we’ve seen in Atlanta.

Here’s my top three:

  1. Jonathan Babineaux
  2. Travis Hall
  3. Mike Lewis

Babineaux has been criminally underrated more or less his entire career, and he’s both the longest-tenured Falcon currently and one of the most effective defenders the Falcons have ever had. Hall was excellent for Atlanta, played for the 1998 Super Bowl team and had 10.5 sacks in a single season, which is close to the franchise mark for DTs held by Rod Coleman. Lewis was very, very good for about eight years in the 1970’s, even if he’s largely been forgotten over the years. As is often the case, things thin out quickly after this, but you could mention Rod Coleman (I can’t believe I forgot Rod Coleman), Shane Dronett, Moe Gardner, and Tony Casillas.

What does your list look like?