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MMQB’s Albert Breer slots Taven Bryan to Atlanta in second mock draft

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This is the second time we’ve seen Bryan and the Falcons linked this offseason.

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Look, this time of year, mock drafts can, and will, continue to blast into your online mail slot like Harry Potter’s acceptance letters from Hogwarts, and there’s not a diddily-darn thing any of us can do about it.

Most of it will be moot – it’s just an exercise in speculation and imagination. You don’t want to admit it, but this is how grown-ups play pretend – unless you are a LARPer, which, in that case, kudos to you for being open about your desire to subvert reality for a bit and play in a make-believe world where you are in control of scenarios of your choosing.

The rest of us will cower behind our computers and continue to plug away at who goes where in an imagined draft day.

But, actually, some mock drafts do carry considerable weight, like the one published by The MMQB’s Albert Breer, who has as good an ear to the ground on all of this as anyone. He’s been talking with scouts and sources on how to influence his second mock draft of the cycle, so consider this one worth a gander.

For the Atlanta Falcons, Breer has mocked DT Taven Bryan to them at pick 26. Here’s his reasoning.

While there are some questions about his instincts, Bryan has all the athleticism and toughness that Dan Quinn looks for in his defensive linemen, and gives the Falcons a layer of depth there.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Bryan and the Falcons linked this offseason, and it likely won’t be the last. Particularly if Dontari Poe gets away in free agency, the Falcons will have a sizeable hole at defensive tackle next to Grady Jarrett, one that Bryan would fill. No doubt the prospect will be a little unpolished, but with Atlanta’s knack for coaching up defensive lineman, the Florida Gater will fall into favorable conditions.

Also, it’s curious to see Breer not spot Georgia G Isaiah Wynn, a popular Falcons draft possibility, in the first round. He’d no doubt go early in the second in this scenario, but with his profile likely to raise with a strong combine performance, watch for this to change as time goes on. There’s even a possibility Wynn won’t be available when the Falcons pick at 26. Like Bryan, he’s an obvious name to watch for Atlanta if he’s available.

If you’re curious where the division rivals go in this one, Tampa Bay takes S Minkah Fitzpatrick at 7, Carolina takes CB Isaiah Oliver at 23 and New Orleans takes WR Christian Kirk at 27.

Both the Bucs and Panthers need secondary help, and the Saints would no doubt enjoy having a player like Kirk to go next to Michael Thomas. So, those make sense.

Again, these things always change, so take all of this with a grain of salt with how it will all translate to draft day. But, this mock has validity to it, and makes those Bryan rumors from last month even more curious.