Atlanta Falcons 2019 NFL Mock Draft 4 Round Pick-By-Pick Analysis

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You already know the story of the 2018 Atlanta Falcons. A season plagued by injuries and inconsistent play will be soon forgotten once the final whistle of week 17 blows. The Falcons find themselves sitting at 5-9 on the season and are projected to finish between 6-10 to 7-9. Currently, they’re slotted at 6th in the draft order, so I will be picking from that position in this mock.

1st Round

Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence

Lawrence is an absolute monster in run defense. The Falcons lack size at defensive tackle and haven’t had a real stop gap since Grady Jackson years ago. Lawrence will give the Falcons a formidable force in the middle alongside ex-Clemson Tiger Grady Jarrett. He can also be a threat rushing the passer with his ability to push the pocket. Lawrence finished the season with
37 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks and three pass breakups on the year.

2nd Round

Wisconsin OT David Edwards

Edwards put together a stellar 2017 campaign for the Badgers. Like his team though, he wasn’t nearly as consistent in 2018, which could result in him falling to the second or third-round if he decides to leave school early for the draft. Coming out of Wisconsin as a tight-end, Edwards packed on a ton of weight to make the transition to offensive tackle. Using that athleticism from his tight-end days, he’s able to effectively make blocks at the second level in the run game. There are some questions about his pass-blocking, which is why he is projected as a right tackle rather than a left. With that said, The Falcons need to get younger and more physical on their offensive line. Edwards brings just that out of Wisconsin.

3rd Round

Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter

As much as the Falcons need help with their pass rush, they need just as much work on the other side of the ball. The draft should be all about the trenches, and Deiter projects to be a quality lineman in the NFL. At Wisconsin, he played a little bit of everywhere from center to left tackle, but at 6’6″, 320 pounds, guard is the position he will fit the best as he transitions to the next level. With both guard spots being open for competition this upcoming off-season, selecting Deiter will add some youth and athleticism to that conversation. By the Falcons drafting two offensive linemen in the top half of the draft, it all but ensures that protecting Matt Ryan won’t be an issue next season

 

4th Round

Louisiana Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson

Ferguson is a polarizing prospect as he racked up 42.5 sacks during his four years at Louisiana Tech. His combination of speed and athleticism has scouts intrigued with is potential. Although, there are concerns of how that success will translate to the NFL. Many of his sacks came from being unblocked, creating questions about his technique.

Nevertheless, he has all the tools to become a solid pass rusher. He just needs the right fit, and I believe that’s right here in Atlanta. Adding Ferguson would give Dan Quinn another piece to install into his NASCAR nickel packages.

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