What a Potential 2018 Atlanta Falcons Draft Could Look Like

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: A detailed view of the pick is in for the
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PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Lorenzo Carter
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Pro Football Focus via SI’s Monday Morning Quarterback ranks Payne the 3rd best Defensive Lineman in this draft and had this to say about him:

"Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne comes in at No. 3. Payne is a typical Alabama defensive linemen who’s really good against the run but has questions when it comes to the pass rush. His tape doesn’t show an explosive athlete who could shoot the gaps and rush the passer. Is there room for him to grow?"

I drafted 6’5, 291 lb Florida DT Taven Bryan, in round 1 of draft #2. There is a prevailing thought that the aforementioned Payne, and Washington DT Vita Vea, will likely be drafted before the Atlanta Falcons select at #26.

This has caused Bryan to be connected to the Falcons, more than any other player in mock drafts around the country. Bryan recently conducted a private workout for Dan Quinn, Thomas Dimitroff, and the Atlanta Falcons brass. Bryan is known as a gap-shooting, penetrating, DT with pass rush ability. SI.com writer Albert Breer has the Dirty Birds taking Bryan at #26 in his latest mock draft.
SI’s MMQB offered this info on Bryan:

"“Up next at No. 4 is Taven Bryan from Florida. Bryan boasts that burst that many NFL teams are looking for. His tape consistently shows him off the line first, often beating the defensive ends, and he has a strong rip-and-dip technique. His high ceiling could boost his draft stock.”"

The next player is an even more intriguing fit one who would pair perfectly with Alabama alum Julio Jones.