The Falcons surprised fans and pundits alike in the 2018 NFL draft when they passed on defensive tackle prospects in the first two rounds. The position was a glaring need for the team going into the upcoming season and selecting only one defensive tackle seemed to leave issues with the depth at the position.
It appears the team plans on addressing that depth through free-agency. The first name on the radar? Former Washington Redskins DT Terrell McClain.
Free-agent defensive tackle Terrell McClain (6-2, 302) is in Atlanta today visiting with the Falcons, according to a source. McClain came to Atlanta from a visit with the Cowboys. Falcons very interested in signing McClain because he fits the system and... https://t.co/nVjY7OuG3s— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) May 11, 2018
McClain was a 3rd round pick by the Panthers in the 2011 draft who lasted only one season with the team. He spent the next several years bouncing between teams before landing with the Dallas Cowboys for 3 straight seasons (2014 - 2016). He had one season with the Redskins before being kicked to the curb this off-season. He recently visited with the Dallas Cowboys, who seemed to be very interested in signing him, so this report comes as a bit of a surprise.
Per PFF, his best seasons were 2014 and 2015, where he had grades of 74.4 and 73.1 respectively. He’s been mostly disappointing in his time in the league, but would likely be a rotational player in Atlanta - not someone the team is going to rely heavily on.
Your thoughts on the veteran defensive tackle meeting with the team?