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.
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:
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
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/