After the first round of the NFL Draft, the Falcons finally got an edge rusher to add to the team. As most fans who follow this team know, edge rusher was the top target for Atlanta. 22 sacks in a season is not going to cut it in the NFL, and Vic Beasley can make a difference playing the LEO position. With that being said, the 2nd and 3rd round of the NFL Draft continues tonight. Atlanta still has holes to fill, so there are a lot of other needs for this team. Let’s take a look at 3 positions the Atlanta Falcons should look for on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
With Dwight Lowery headed to the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta is left without a starting free safety. Kemal Ishmael (backup free safety) is a good safety, but not polished enough to be the starter during an NFL regular season. I feel that the Falcons front office is not sold on Ishmeal being the starter, so I imagine them drafting a safety on the board. Notable secondary players on the board include Landon Collins, PJ Williams, Eric Rowe, and others. Quinn and the defensive coaches can help convert some players into playing the free safety position. William Moore needs a partner, and why not draft him one for years to come?
2. Left Guard
This position is flying way under the radar with experts and Falcon fans. Remember Atlanta’s offensive line in 2013, and part of 2014? To win in the NFL, teams have to win in the trenches. Atlanta needs to solidify its line, especially the left guard position. If you have not been keeping up, Atlanta and former starting left guard Justin Blalock parted ways in the early part of free agency. I am always an advocate on having a great offensive line because they can wear defenses out during games. Winning teams have winning, tough, and great offensive lines. Notable offensive guards on the board include A.J. Cann, Tre’ Jackson, and Mitch Morse. Playmakers will come in different rounds, but well-polished offensive linemen are not always there.
3. Running Back
Sorry Falcon fans, Todd Gurley was not drafted #8 by Atlanta. Melvin Gordon is not on the board either, so the top 2 running backs are off the board. I am glad the Falcons front office had the knowledge to not waste a pick on a running back with the 8th pick. Remember when Trent Richardson, the unbelievable running back at Alabama, went #3 in 2012 to the Colts? BUST! That is just one example of why running backs should not be top 10 draft picks, except for the cream of the crop. Running backs come a dime a dozen in the NFL today. So while Atlanta needs a running back to complement Devonta Freeman, there should be no rush to draft one early. Notable running backs still on the board include Tevin Coleman, Ameer Abdullah, Duke Johnson, David Johnson, and a lot of other backs. Kyle Shanahan took two rookies in Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West, and made them into very solid tailbacks last year in Cleveland. Shanahan and his zone blocking scheme could be a success for years to come for the Falcons, so Atlanta should keep an eye out for a running back that can make an impact.
Who will Atlanta draft in the 2nd and 3rd rounds tonight? Comment below and let us know!