The Falcons are bringing in first-time head coach Arthur Smith to turn around the organization. Smith is the man that brought life to the Tennessee Titans offense with an explosive run game with play action. He will look to do the same while turning around the Falcons. Smith will also need to improve one of the worst defenses in the league.
Smith and the Falcons have an older roster with some contracts that are going to be hard to move away from, starting with quarterback Matt Ryan and star wide receiver, Julio Jones. His contract makes it impossible to cut him, and trading him away will be just as hard. The way I see it the Falcons may have to have Ryan in the plans:
Time to help the Falcons take flight and rebuild through the draft:
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Pick 4: Kwity Paye EDGE, Michigan
Paye is the highest-rated pass rusher in the draft. The Falcons are in a division where the offenses are some of the best in the league. Paye will give the Falcons a dimension that they have been lacking, and that is pressure with their front four.
Pick 36: Mac Jones QB, Alabama
I don’t think Jones falls out of the first round, but in this draft, he does. The value is too good to pass up here. All reports from the Senior Bowl are the coaches were blown away by Jones’s love for the game. He may not be the most athletic, but his intelligence helps him on the field. If the Falcons do draft Jones, I believe it would be to wait and watch Ryan for a year or two, then move him to the starter.
Pick 86: Pete Werner LB, Ohio State
Werner is the perfect mike or sam linebacker in a 4-3 defense. He has the size to shed blockers and can fill the hole. He did improve his coverage skills over the past two seasons. Werner will have a role in the starting defense this upcoming season.
Pick 108: Trey Sermon RB, Ohio State
Sermon is a big back with above-average speed. The biggest question mark about him is his medical history; Sermon does have an injury history. Sermon gives Smith his power run game that he will look to bring over from Tennessee.
Pick 147: Joshuah Bledsoe S, Missouri
Bledsoe has the versatility to play safety or even big nickel. He is not afraid to stick his nose until the run game and pop a runner. Bledsoe will add depth in the secondary of the Falcons and possibly could push for a starting role.
Pick 181: Wyatt Hubert EDGE, Kansas State
Hubert has good size for a 4-3 end. Hubert has shown the ability to rush the passer but will need to work on counter moves. He shows he can hold his own in the run game. Hubert can be an added addition to the defensive line rotation.
Pick 185: Chris Evans RB, Michigan
Evans will be an intriguing player; I don’t think he makes it to the sixth round, but if he is there, the Falcons need to improve their run game. Evans has shown glimpses that he can be the main back for a team. Having a one-two punch of Sermon and Evans will be a nice addition to the run game.
Pick 214: Cade Johnson WR, South Dakota State
Johnson is a smaller receiver with quick acceleration. He is an average route running which is why he falls to the later rounds. Johnson can make a play for the fifth or sixth receiver on the team.
Pick 216: Marco Wilson CB, Florida
Wilson is primarily a zone corner who hasn’t shown the ability to use his hands well. He has good size, so I think a team will draft him and hopefully will develop him into a reserve role. If he shows improvement, he can make the practice squad.
Pick 228: Alaric Jackson OT, Iowa
Jackson is going to be a developmental lineman who will need to continue to learn and grow. He does have the ability to be moved into guard if he doesn’t work out as a tackle. Jackson will most likely be a practice squad player if he makes the team.