Falcons

Full Falcons Mock Draft 3.0

Round 1, Pick 26: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

The Falcons finally go get “the guy” that they have needed at tight end ever since Tony Gonzalez left town. Dallas Goedert is simply the best tight end in this class. Though he has had the advantage of feasting on weaker defenses than the other prospects, his production is just absurd for a tight end. In his last two seasons at South Dakota State, Goedert caught 164 balls for 2,404 yards and 18 touchdowns. The popular player comparison for Goedert has been Zach Ertz, and for good reason. Like Ertz, Goedert is the rare tight end that can be plugged in anywhere on the field. He is one of the most versatile receiving options in this draft, which is incredible when considering he is 6’5″, 255 lbs. Goedert has a good shot at being a top NFL tight end one day.

Round 2, Pick 26: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU

D.J. Chark may not fall this far in the draft, but if not for inconsistent QB play he would be a lock as a first-round pick. The Falcons lost Taylor Gabriel to free agency this offseason, but they get another burner, and a big upgrade, here in Chark. Wide receiver may not be the biggest need for the Falcons, as they already have an elite receiver and a great possession receiver in Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but it gives the team an additional playmaker who can take the top off the defense. LSU also has an incredible track record with developing NFL talent at receiver. Chark ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the Combine, and flashed what he could do with more consistency at quarterback with his performance at the Senior Bowl:

 Round 3, Pick 26: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

The Falcons fill the biggest hole in their roster with Derrick Nnadi out of FSU. He is a lot like Grady Jarrett, a defensive lineman that is being slept on in the draft due to being a little undersized for the position. He also did not have the best comibine performance. But Nnadi can play, and seems like a perfect fit for the Falcons defense. Atlanta will probably need to still try to sign a DT that gets cut, but Nnadi is a solid pick in the third.

 Round 4, Pick 26: Mason Cole, C, Michigan

Alex Mack is of the best centers in the NFL, but he is also 32-years old. With the addition of Mason Cole, the Falcons add a talented lineman who can compete for a job across the line and serve as a potential replacement for Mack down the road. Cole played left tackle at Michigan for two seasons, so he has the versatility to make an impact as a rookie. He could compete for the starting Guard job day one.
Round 6, Pick 26: Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Alabama
Shaun Dion Hamilton is one of the most undervalued players in this year’s draft class due sustaining two major injuries in college. However, he is too good of a talent to pass up this late in the Draft. Hamilton was a team captain and one of the best players on a loaded Alabama Crimson Tide defense. He is a nice lottery ticket who can at the very least serve as depth at the next level.
Round 7, Pick 26: Skai Moore, LB, South Carolina
The Falcons take the best player available, and once again it is an inside linebacker. Much like Hamilton, Moore is a late-round option due to injuries. He did not turn heads at the combine with his 4.73 40-yard dash, and he will not blow you away with his athleticism. But man, he is a tackling machine. Moore racked up 351 tackles as a four-year starter playing in the SEC, and last season he graded out as Pro Football Focus’ top coverage linebacker among all draft prospects. When targeted, QB’s only posted a 49.9% passer rating against him. He’s worth the gamble.
Round 7, Pick 38 (Comp): Mike Ramsay, DT, Duke

The Falcons could get a great late round value out of Mike Ramsay out of Duke University. Read more about Ramsay here: http://www.sportstalkatl.com/could-mike-ramsay-be-a-late-round-steal-in-the-nfl-draft/

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