The Falcons acquired Charles Harris for a seventh-round pick last Friday, which could mean they are done adding to their defensive line group. However, that move cost them next to nothing, allowing them to spend the money they will receive on June 2nd from the cut of Desmond Trufant elsewhere. The Falcons have some wiggle room, and here’s where they need the most help.
A.J. Terrell was a start, but I wouldn’t have minded the team doubling down at cornerback during the draft. They didn’t, and either way, they still need to add a veteran to this group. Brandon Carr is a player we’ve mentioned a ton on this site, but there are several options still available that could help solidify this group. You can never have too many corners, especially when you’re in a division with weapons and quarterbacks like the NFC South. As the roster stands today, the Falcons don’t have an intimidating pass rush, and they are littered with inexperience in the secondary. That is not a recipe for success in today’s game. Adding another cornerback is a must before the start of the season.
Another substantial need heading into this year’s draft, the Falcons did not address the linebacker position until the fourth round, selecting Mykal Walker out of Fresno State. Walker should have an immediate impact on special teams and will compete for the reps as the third linebacker on the roster, but the Falcons should be looking to add to that competition. In sticking with the theme of adding former first-round picks that haven’t lived up to expectations, Darron Lee is still available. Although I would much rather them make a run at a player like Nigel Bradham, who has been a staple in the Eagles linebacking core since 2016. Regardless, adding another body to the mix makes a lot of sense. Because outside of Deion Jones, nobody inspires a lot of confidence in this group heading into the season.
I understand the Falcons just acquired Charles Harris, which could complete their roster as far as edge rushers are concerned. However, if the right opportunity presents itself after June 1st, the Falcons would be fools to overlook it. This unit still needs work, assuming Harris doesn’t make a substantial jump from last year’s production, and there could be several quality edge rushers still available in free agency. I’m not sure how it would all work out, or who from the current group would be the odd man out, but this unit can improve significantly, and the Falcons will have the money to make that happen after June 1st.