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Falcoholinks: All the Falcons news you need for Monday, Feb. 22

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Start your Monday with these fresh Falcons links.

First-round options

We’re been tracking the possibilities for the Falcons in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and our latest entries look at three different positions — Offensive line, tight end, and the defensive line.

Penei Sewell is regarded as a generational O-line talent and could immediately improve Atlanta’s fortifications around Matt Ryan.

Florida’s Kyle Pitts could shine in Arthur Smith’s offense — but it’s unlikely the Falcons would expend their No. 4 pick on the tight end position.

The same can be said for the defensive line, where the value at fourth overall can be better spent elsewhere, but it’s certainly an option if the Falcons trade down.

The Falcons, but smaller

Here’s a weird, fun thing: Gridiron Minis made the Falcons into tiny versions of themselves. Even at a fraction of their height, the pain remains full size.

MOOOOCKS

A new spin on the usual mock draft scenario, as the gang from The Falcoholic Live held a live 7-round mock — featuring three trades! You can catch the full episode right here.

Scouting report: Joseph Ossai

With the Falcons moving to more 3-4 looks on defense under the coaching of DC Dean Pees, Atlanta will likely be looking to add some linebackers with pass rush ability. Texas’s Joseph Ossai fits that bill, and our Eric Robinson has his full scouting report on the lengthy defender from the Big 12.

A wasteland at safety

By far, the biggest question facing the Falcons this offseason is what they plan to do at the safety spot. They recently cut longtime free safety Ricardo Allen, and both Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee are entering free agency.

The good news is they have a number of spots that seem relatively sewn up prior to offseason activities, but safety will remain a primary focus in free agency and the draft.