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Is guard or pass rusher a bigger need for the Falcons?

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The Atlanta Falcons are in the market for one or the other in the first round of the draft.

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My selection of Derek Rivers in the SB Nation writers’ mock draft kicked off a spirited debate about whether the Falcons needed a pass rusher like Rivers or an elite guard more. It was a good debate, I thought, but one largely limited to a Forrest Lamp versus Derek Rivers discussion.

Let’s talk about a larger positional discussion: Which do you take, assuming roughly equivalent talent available, at both guard and pass rusher? The question is whether you think the team’s legitimate hole at right guard trumps the team’s legitimate need for a second pass rusher who can complement Vic Beasley. Regardless of your choice, you’re making a good selection for this football team, but I’m honestly looking to get the pulse of the fanbase here. You can fill out the attached poll to give a better idea of where you stand, as well.

Poll

Which is the bigger draft day need?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Guard
    (968 votes)
  • 52%
    Pass rusher
    (1073 votes)
2041 votes total Vote Now

I leave you to your debate. Duke it out respectfully.