Round One Pick 31: Tim Williams Edge Alabama
With the off season addition of defensive tackle Dontari Poe, the Falcons have alleviated the need to pick a big body in the first round to put in the middle of the line next to Grady Jarrett. However, that shouldn’t stop the Falcons from looking to add another pass rusher to help Vic Beasley. Luckily, this is a deep class for the D-Line, and Tim Williams has had numerous problems off the field. The combination of the two leads to one of the best pass rushers in this year’s draft to fall to the Falcons at 31.
Round Two Pick 31: Danny Isidora Guard Miami (Fl)
The one weak link on the Falcons offense is currently the right guard spot. With Chris Chester at 35 years of age, a free agent and still considering retirement, this position is still up in the air for the Falcons and should be an early pick. Danny Isidora closed his Miami career with a 39 game starting streak. At 6’4″ 305 pounds, he has the size you want from an interior lineman.
Round Three Pick 31: Marcus Maye FS Florida
Last season Dan Quinn showed taking DBs out of Florida was a great idea with first round safety Keanu Neal and undrafted corner Brian Poole. Maye was voted a 1st team All-American in 2015 and missed the last four games of 2016 after breaking his arm against South Carolina. Before his injury, he was credited with an INT or pass breakup on 21% of the passes thrown his direction. He would provide solid depth and turn into a good ball hawk for the Falcons secondary. With the future of Ricardo Allen in question because of his looming restricted free agency in 2018, Maye could provide an alternative option if another team poaches Allen.
Round Four Pick 29: Jeremy Sprinkle TE Arkansas
Austin Hooper showed promise his rookie year and while the Falcons did resign Levine Toilolo, he’s never been a reliable blocker or pass catcher. Sprinkle made a bone-headed decision during bowl season and tried to shoplift from Belk. That shouldn’t hurt his draft stock too much. He was a very productive player for the Razorbacks bringing in 50 catches for 769 yards and 10 scores. Jeremy could add some size and muscle so he can hold up in pass protection but he has NFL lineman sized arms and hands.
Round Five Pick 30: Ben Gedeon ILB Michigan
Deion Jones was fantastic as a rookie and De’Vondre Campbell also showed flashes of greatness. But with the offseason loss of Paul Worrilow, the Falcons should look to bolster their LB corps with Gedeon. An All-State running back in high school, Ben led Michigan in tackles with 106 tackles including 15.5 for loss along with 4.5 sacks. He has a nose for ball and can play through blocks well. He was an outstanding special teams player during his time at Michigan, covering punts and kickoffs all four years and racking up 23 tackles.
Round Seven Pick 30: Isaiah McKenzie WR/Return Specialist Georgia
The Falcons let return man Eric Weems walk in free agency, and drafted Devin Fuller in this round in last years draft, but that shouldn’t stop them from taking the in state product with this pick. Fuller missed all of last season on IR after hurting his shoulder. McKenzie was a spark plug on both offense and special for the Dawgs during his three year career. This past season he scored every 7th time he touched the ball on offense and averaged 11.9 yards a touch. He also had 6 return touchdowns during his career at Georgia.