The Atlanta Falcons may lose Dontari Poe when free agency kicks off in a few weeks and Schweitzergate is out of control. That creates big needs at defensive tackle and offensive guard heading into the draft. How will the Falcons address those needs?
If Dan Kadar’s latest SB Nation mock draft is accurate, the Falcons won’t ignore those pressing needs on draft day. He’s got the Falcons addressing their biggest needs in order:
26. Atlanta Falcons: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
Although Bryan isn’t exactly a direct stylistic replacement for Dontari Poe, he would give the Falcons another disruptive player up the middle on defense. Bryan is at his best when he can use his aggressiveness to create pocket pressure.
58. Atlanta Falcons: Braden Smith, G, Auburn
Bryan to Atlanta chatter is nothing new. Our own Eric Robinson’s pre-draft evaluation can be found here. Give it a read, if you’d like to learn more about Bryan.
Smith should give incumbent right guard Wes Schweitzer nightmares, because he’s one of the best guards in the draft. His true strength is pass protection, which makes sense, because he’s built like an offensive tackle. He may not be around by the 58th pick, but the Falcons should not pass on him, if he’s available.