It took a little while, but draft analysts finally stopped giving the Falcons cornerbacks. Former NFL scout and current draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has given the Falcons an ultra-athletic edge player that just happens to be related to J.J. Watt. He only had one season starting for the Wisconsin Badgers, but had a great season and he burned up the NFL Combine.
Here's what Jeremiah had to say.
T.J. Watt - OLB, Wisconsin: Watt has tremendous upside as a pass rusher and his motor never stops running.
Don't get too wordy, Jeremiah.
I have to say that this is the type of player Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff would love to add to the team. Raw, athletic, and filling a position of need. The first round may be a bit early for Watt, but for better or worse, his potential and bloodline should push him higher than his college career otherwise would. He was one of the top performers at the vertical, broad jump, 3-cone, 20 yard shuttle, and 60 yard shuttle. His tape may show something else, but there is some serious potential for Watt.
The Falcons have been quiet in free agency, but we still expect the team to address defensive end, defensive tackle, and offensive guard early in the draft. Watt would be a good addition and he should replace Brooks Reed starting day one. It would be a smart and sensical draft pick for a team that needs to drastically improve their defensive line.