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2016 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons draft needs

With the rush of free agency in the rear view mirror it is time to focus in on the NFL Draft, specifically on team needs. In this article we


With the rush of free agency in the rear view mirror it is time to focus in on the NFL Draft, specifically on team needs. In this article we look at the Atlanta Falcons draft needs for 2016 as we approach the April 28th 1st round from Chicago. The Falcons 2015 season with new head coach Dan Quinn couldn’t have started any better. They started 5-0 but then the wheels fell off. They went on to finish 8-8 and their only real highlight from the season was ending the Panthers undefeated season. Evidently then, they have a lot to do to fix this roster. Biggest Need: Linebacker The defense was absolutely the Falcons biggest weakness last season and it has been for a few years. They haven’t been able to rush the passer that effectively, they haven’t been able to stop the run very well and they haven’t been able to stop the pass. If the Falcons can find a versatile linebacker to plug right into the middle of their defense they’ll have a good corp to build around. They could even look to add a pass rushing linebacker. Other Needs: Pass Rusher, Tight End, Safety, Offensive Guard Last year they drafted Vic Beasley in the first round, and though his sack numbers weren’t all that high – like everyone on the team – he did add some explosiveness to their pass rush. Adding another young, explosive pass rusher to play next to him would be a great start to a building a dangerous pass rush. Since the departure of Tony Gonzalez the Falcons have been lacking a target for Matt Ryan to work with over the middle of the field. They have a QB, they have their backfield set and they have a true number 1. Now, they just need their TE. Part three of their defensive rebuild is a safety. With Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford and Jalen Collins the Falcons cornerback corps is set, but their safety room is lacking in great talent. Adding someone to solidify the backend of the defense and the Falcons will have to makings of a pretty good unit. The Falcons have done a good job strengthening their offensive line at the tackle spots over the last few drafts, so now they need to move inside. If they can beef up their guard positions then not only will Devonta Freeman be laughing with the running room he has, but Matt Ryan will have a field day passing the ball with tons of time in the pocket.

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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