Atlanta Falcons: Potential first round players that could land in Atlanta

With the NFL draft coming this May, the Atlanta Falcons are looking to reload a team that has many glaring holes to fill.  As we closer approach May, the excitement has already begun to build as to who will go number one overall or what top prospect will increase or decrease his stock.  For the Falcons, there is much work to be done for a team who was looking to make a run at the Super Bowl this past season, but now is just looking to be respectable once again.

Atlanta will have the sixth overall selection in this coming draft and will be picking in the top seven of each and every round; that is assuming that General Manager Thomas Dimitroff doesn’t pull off another infamous trade like he has become so accustomed to doing.

Two major needs Atlanta has to address are in the pass rush and on the offensive line.  There have been several names to appear at the number six spot in various mock drafts.  Below are potential suitors Atlanta might take with their sixth overall selection.

Greg Robinson- OT, AuburnAtlanta Falcon logo (usable)

Greg Robinson looks to be potentially a starting left tackle that is rugged and tough; two characteristics the Falcons are looking for in an offensive lineman.  Robinson, who has only been playing football since his sophomore year of high school, is known for his ability to block in the running game.  He started every game last season at left tackle for the Auburn Tigers and helped pave the way for Heisman finalist Tre Mason.

For Atlanta, a team that ranked dead last in rush yards per game last season, Robinson could be an appealing asset to have on their offensive line.  One question that Robinson needs to answer is his ability to pass protect.  Matt Ryan was sacked at an alarming rate last season and the Falcons will look to sure up their offensive line with guys who can give better protection up front.

Jake Matthews- OT, Texas A&M

The Outland Trophy finalist started every game for the Aggies last season at the left tackle position.  Matthews was a Two-Time All-SEC selection who helped Johnny Manziel orchestrate an incredible highlight reel over the last two seasons.

Matthews is an athletic, strong, physical tackle and has great ability to block in the running game.  Another positive trait in regards to Jake Matthews is his versatility.  Matthews would have the ability to play anywhere on the line.  That is a plus for Atlanta as they have multiple questions concerning their front five.  He is a projected top 5 selection who looks to provide an immediate impact to whatever team decides to draft him.

[Mike Smith taking the path less traveled]

Khalil Mack- OLB, Buffalo

The Three-time first-team All-MAC selection could provide some help and depth to a Falcons linebacking corps that stayed injured all season long.  Due to all the injuries, the Falcons were forced to extensively play two undrafted rookies.  In 2012 Mack led his team in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, and forced fumbles.

Liberty and Buffalo were the only two schools to offer Mack coming out of high school but he has made the most of his opportunities as he is projected to be a top pick in the draft.  Mack is known for his instincts and body control.  He would fit in nicely beside Sean Weatherspoon, who when healthy, can be one of the better linebackers in the league.  Khalil is another player who looks to make an immediate impact no matter where he goes.

The Falcons have no shortage of questions to answer and needs to address.  They look to be extremely busy in the offseason as free agency is just around the corner.  In order to be contending for championships once again, Atlanta will have to make some serious headway in the draft and free agency.

  • PANTTERA

    This draft will offer 4 quality starting picks so trading 2,3 quality picks for Clowney. If Atl did have a lockdowd defense it does no good with a backup QB, which is what will happen if Ryan isn’t protected.
    Pick Greg Robertson and his Auburn teammate Tre Mason 1st,2nd rds. If Greg isn’t available take Matthews. It looks like Birds are going to be serious Free Agency players.

  • Anthony Robertson

    If he trades up for Clowney then Dmitroff should be fired.

  • Samuel

    I don’t think Clowney will be there so they need to take Matthews or Robinson. These guys should be around for ten years. Let’s hope the Falcons don’t screw it up….

  • MrFrocious

    CUTS
    A. Samuel
    S. Nicholas
    T. DeCoud
    O. Umenyiora
    S. Jackson
    C. Matthews
    J. Snelling
    G. Reynolds
    B. Ewing
    P. DiMarco
    H. Gunn
    T. Jones
    Se. Baker
    S. Lee
    R. Schraeder
    A. Nissley
    J. Vaughn
    J. Harris

    DO NOT RESIGN/LET WALK
    P. Jerry
    D. Franks
    J. Trueblood
    O. Gaither
    S. Locklear

    FREE AGENTS SIGNINGS
    DE M. Johnson 6yr/$48m
    OT E. Monroe 5yr/$30m
    TE B. Pettigrew/ D. Pitta 5yr/$20m
    RB K. Moreno 4yr/$16m
    FS L. Delmas 2yr/$6m
    FB G. Jones 2yr/$4m
    CB A. Cason/ R. Mathis 1yr/$2m
    OG G. Carimi 1yr/$900k
    QB veteran 1yr/vet min

    DRAFT
    -Trade 1st Rd & 4th Rd:
    Receive 1st Rd
    -Trade 2nd Rd & 5th Rd:
    Receive late 2nd, 3rd & 4th
    – Trade 3rd Rd:
    Receive late 3rd, 4th & 5th
    -Trade late 4th Rd:
    Receive late 4th & 6th

    Including Compensatory picks, that leaves Atlanta the following fourteen (14) draft picks:

    Rd 1- DE/OLB Jadaveon Clowney
    Rd 2- OLB/DE Jeremiah Attaochu
    Rd 3- OG Cyril Richardson
    Rd 3- OT Seantrel Henderson
    Rd 4- OT JuWan James
    Rd 4- DT Daniel McCullers
    Rd 4- WR Martavis Bryant (comp)
    Rd 5- CB Jaylen Watkins
    Rd 6- CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
    Rd 6- SS Hakeem Smith
    Rd 7- KR Dri Archer
    Rd 7- RB Kapri Bibbs (comp)
    Rd 7- QB Aaron Murray (comp)
    Rd 7- TE Jake Murphy (comp)

    Roster
    OFFENSE (25)
    QB (2)
    1. M. Ryan
    2. Veteran FA/ A. Murray

    RB (4)
    3. K. Moreno
    4. J. Rodgers
    5. K. Bibbs
    6. A. Smith

    FB (1)
    7. G. Jones

    WR (5)
    8. J. Jones
    9. R. White
    10. H. Douglas
    11. D. Davis
    12. M. Bryant/ D. Johnson

    TE (3)
    13. B. Pettigrew/ D. Pitta
    14. L. Toilio
    15. C. Coffman/ J. Murphy

    OT (5)
    16. S. Baker
    17. E. Monroe
    18. L. Holmes
    19. S. Henderson
    20. J. James

    OG (3)
    21. J. Blalock
    22. C. Richardson
    23. M. Johnson/ G. Carimi

    C (2)
    24. J. Hawley
    25. P. Konz

    DEFENSE (25)
    DT (4)
    26. C. Peters
    27. J. Babineaux
    28. D. McCullers
    29. T. Robertson

    DE (5)
    30. M. Johnson
    31. J. Clowney
    32. J. Massaquoi
    33. M. Goodman
    34. S. Mopanga

    OLB (4)
    35. S. Weatherspoon
    36. J. Bartu
    37. K. Biermann
    38. J. Attachou

    MLB (2)
    39. P. Worrilow
    40. A. Dent

    CB (5)
    41. D. Trufant
    42. R. Alford
    43. R. McClain
    44. A. Cason/ R. Mathis
    45. J. Watkins/ S. Jean-Baptiste

    SS (3)
    46. W. Moore
    47. Z. Motta
    48. H. Smith

    FS (2)
    49. L. Delmas
    50. K. Ishmael

    SPECIAL TEAMS (3)
    K (1)
    51. M. Bryant

    P (1)
    52. M. Bosher

    KR (1)
    53. D. Archer

    • Dean Johnson

      Bravo MrFrocious, This is excellent stuff. This should honestly get forwarded to the Falcon’s front office.

      If we can somehow get a RB similar to K. Moreno than i agree with you that the team should drop SJ39. Saying that, I don’t think ATL is an attractive market for any RB actually worth his salt to come here and get pummeled behind an offensive line that couldn’t consistently open any lanes for a hard hitting vet like Jackson to even have a chance.

      Considering the Falcons were dead LAST in the NFL rushing the ball, i agree with SAMUEL and Lucas. We need a big boy up front. I think Matthews will go to the Rams, so that leaves us Robinson and let’s not forget Taylor Lewan from the University of Michigan.

      He’s been gaining steam from scouts viewing his progress in the combine. Being an offensive team the Falcons need to improve upon being completely dominant on that side of the football before we start to try to dump millions into defense. This would leave the team with no true identity. Arthur Blank is basically trying to copy the Denver Broncos style of play. Shoving points down the opposing teams throat until they can’t take anymore. That also puts butts in the seats and we all know they need money for that new stadium.

      Like i said before, this is an excellent game plan, but I’m going to miss Ryan Schraeder a little bit if they indeed cut him. I wanted to see him develop alongside a new guy.

  • Jim Love

    The Falcons had better be looking for a lot more than just to be respectable once again. I believe Arthur Blank demands much more as he has been led to believe the last couple of years that they were one piece of the puzzle away from the Super Bowl. It will be more difficult than a one more piece of the puzzle such as was the case when TD & company traded away valuable draft picks in order to secure Julio Jones. Atlanta needs multiple draft picks and I hope they don’t trade up in the 1st round. Stay put @ 6 and get a dynamite player whether that be Mack, Robinson, Matthews or someone else. Draft heavily for linemen (offensive & defensive) the next few rounds. Also, the Falcons need to knock it out of the park in free agency with more linemen added as well as a good free safety. Failure is not an option!