One of the storylines of this year’s NFL Draft class is how some believe it could be the deepest class of wide receiver prospects ever. With a trio of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage intact, this likely will not be pertinent to Atlanta, though I would not rule out them selecting one in the later rounds. But Falcons’ head coach Dan Quinn believes that wide receiver is not the only position that is rich in talent in the 2020 class. According to a tweet from The Athletic’s Jason Butt, the head man with possibly the hottest seat in the NFL feels that offensive tackle and defensive tackle are both rooted with talent:
Dan Quinn said DT and OT are deep throughout this year’s draft class.
— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) April 8, 2020
His statement could merely be an observation, as opposed to him suggesting that the Falcons will take some big boys early, but the interior defensive line is a significant area of need heading into the draft.
Kaleb McGary, who is projected to be the Falcons’ starting right tackle, was selected 31st overall last season, and Jake Matthews is Atlanta’s established left tackle. However, during the scouting process, many believed that McGary could ultimately end up moving to the interior line down the road. Several of the tackle prospects in this year’s class have shown the versatility to move to the inside as well. Atlanta is trying to patch up the left guard spot but may take a look at some tackle prospects if they believe in their projectability, selecting the best lineman available.
Though Atlanta re-signed Tyeler Davison, who impressed in a full-time role after coming from the division-rival Saints, the Falcons should still look to find a new sidekick for Grady Jarrett. Davison may remain the starter but was brought back at such a reasonable rate that Atlanta can afford to use him as depth if they feel a potential upgrade is available.
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