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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, Apr. 1

The 2019 NFL Draft is right around the corner.

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Another early Monday morning, another edition of Falcoholinks. Re-heat that neglected cup of coffee and get caught up with the Falcons news you may have missed.

Draft Predictions

The Falcoholic staff found its way out from under a mountain of mock drafts to take a shot what the team will do with its first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. There’s some obvious variance, but we all agree: trenches, trenches, trenches.

With the draft quickly approaching, SB Nation took a look back to last year and conducted a full first round re-draft. With his 2018 performance, Calvin Ridley was off the board for Atlanta — but they landed Marcus Davenport (without trading two first round picks).

ZBS to Continue

When the Falcons added both Jamon Brown and James Carpenter to the offensive line, there was some speculation that the team could be shifting away from the zone blocking scheme. As bigger guards, many wondered how they would fit in a scheme that requires quickness and agility. Kevin Knight is out with a deep explainer on how the line is changing, but the underlying scheme will remain the same.

Reflecting on Tevin’s Time

Tevin Coleman recently signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, reuniting with former offensive coordinator and current head coach Kyle Shanahan. Tevin added a new dynamic to the Falcons’ backfield, and injected some much-needed breakaway speed. It was tough watching him leave, so we took some time to reflect on his four years in Atlanta.

The Draft and Vic Beasley

Vic Beasley’s fifth-year option vested when the new league year started, so he is officially in the team’s plans for 2019. The draft, however, will tell us a lot about how much he will factor into game day. An early selection of a defensive end could mean that Beasley’s snaps will be reduced — and the inverse is true, as well.