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What Might the Falcons Big Board look like?

What will the team focus on in April?

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

We're just a few weeks away from the draft. All of the tape has been watched, pre draft visits are taking place, and teams are settling in for the big day on April 27th. Based on the players the Falcons have drafted in the Dan Quinn era, we can start to whittle down who they might be targeting in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Almost every Atlanta draftee has hit the 70th percentile for their position in either the broad jump or the three cone drill. The only two that didn't were Tevin Coleman and De'Vondre Campbell, but they both ran blazing forty yard dashes for their size.

Using those parameters as the baseline, let's take a look at some of the players Atlanta might be targeting. There are going to be players that the Falcons won't be in a position to draft listed, but it's still fun to see the entire scope. The athletic thresholds will be controlled by the Falcons' draft history, but the rankings will be in the order that I've graded them using the film. Each positional group will my top five players, except for defensive linemen where I'll list ten.

(Note: I haven't watched every player in this year's draft class so there will be some names missing.)

Defensive Linemen

Left column is true defensive ends, right column is defensive tackles and hybrid players run through Mockdraftable's defensive tackle numbers.

Name School Name School
Myles Garrett Texas A&M Malik McDowell Michigan State
Derek Rivers Youngstown State Jon Allen Alabama
Solomon Thomas Stanford Chris Wormley Michigan
Jordan Willis Kansas State Charles Walker Oklahoma
Tim Williams Alabama Dalvin Tomlinson Alabama
Derek Barnett Tennessee Eddie Vanderdoes UCLA
Tanoh Kpassagnon Villanova Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte
Tarell Basham Ohio Tanzel Smart Tulane
T.J. Watt Wisconsin Montravius Adams Auburn
Takk McKinley UCLA D.J. Jones Ole Miss

The Falcons have already had private workouts with Derek Rivers and Tanoh Kpassagnon this offseason.

Based on the tests here are a few more defensive linemen to keep an eye on:

Ifeadi Odenigbo, Northwestern

Trey Hendrickson, FAU

Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma State

Offensive Linemen

* = Could play guard or tackle.

Name School Name School
Cam Robinson* Alabama Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky
Taylor Moton* Western Michigan Dan Feeney Indiana
Garrett Bolles* Utah Chase Roullier Wyoming
Will Holden Vanderbilt Nico Siragusa San Diego State
Antonio Garcia Troy Dion Dawkins* Temple

Other names:

Ben Braden, Michigan

Conor McDermott, UCLA

Jessamen Dunker, Tennessee State

Off Ball Linebackers

Name School
Reuben Foster Alabama
Raekwon McMillan Ohio State
Haason Reddick Temple
Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt
Jarrad Davis Florida

Tight Ends

Name School
David Njoku Miami
O.J. Howard Alabama
Evan Engram Ole Miss
Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech
George Kittle Iowa


Name School
Marshon Lattimore Ohio State
Gareon Conley Ohio State
Marlon Humphrey Alabama
Fabian Moreau (Injured) UCLA
Kevin King Washington


Name School
Malik Hooker Ohio State
Budda Baker Washington
Obi Meliwonfu UConn
Marcus Williams Utah
Xavier Woods Louisiana Tech

Running Backs

Name School
Leonard Fournette LSU
Christian McCaffrey Stanford
Alvin Kamara Tennessee
Marlon Mack USF
Jamaal Williams BYU

Wide Receivers

Name School
John Ross Washington
Taywan Taylor Western Kentucky
Zay Jones ECU
Chris Godwin Penn State
Carlos Henderson Louisiana Tech

It'll be fun to see how many of the listed players the Falcons draft. If they follow the same trends that they have in the past two drafts, expect their early round selections to be on this list.