The 2019 NFL Draft is upon us and the Atlanta Falcons have some distinct needs. Armed with nine draft picks to combine with a recent rash of free agent signings, the Dirty Birds are poised to have their best dept in many seasons. Today I offer you the Atl All Day Complete Seven Round Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft.
The Atlanta Falcons continue to add experienced depth to their roster, recently signing strong safety J.J. Wilcox to a one year deal. The Cairo, Georgia native who played his college ball at Georgia Southern University. Wilcox was a third round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2013 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Steelers, before spending last season with the Colts and Jets. He provides more depth for the Falcons secondary and should compete for the opportunity to back up Keanu Neal.
The Falcons have recently signed other several low-cost free agents to add depth to the club. The recent signings have put the team’s draft needs into focus. The Atlanta Falcons certainly have some distinct needs. Yet with the newly acquired depth, Falcons co-team-builders Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn can afford to use a strategy of drafting the best available player that also fits a need. The team has the luxury of not having to reach for a specific position. Having nine draft picks, Atlanta also has the ammunition to move around in the draft, to ensure they land the players on the their board they covet most.
On the offensive side of the ball, offensive tackle is the most glaring need. Jake Matthews is entrenched at left tackle and playing at a Pro Bowl level. Ryan Schraeder has held down the right tackle position for years, but was released after a sharp decline in play. Ty Sambrailo has recently been the backup, but will be given the opportunity to start this season. He is on an incentive laden contract though, meaning Atlanta should certainly be seeking an heir apparent.
Atlanta could also use some depth at the running back position. The Falcons could go in either direction when adding a back. They could add a bigger power runner to compete with Brain Hill for a roster spot. On the other hand, the team could add another all-purpose back, in case Ito Smith is not up to the task of replacing Tevin Coleman, who departed in free agency. Atlanta could also look to the wide receiver position to add a much-needed explosive kick returner. A center to train under veteran Alex Mack is also something the Falcons brain trust must be considering.
Defensively the Dirty Birds need help among the line of scrimmage most. Talent for the defensive tackle rotation is always welcomed. More edge rushers are also needed, as sacking opposing quarterbacks have been an area of attrition for Atlanta in recent years. Underperforming edge rusher Vic Beasley is in the final year of his contact and the team brass would be wise to have a contingency plan in place.
Cornerback is a deep and talent rich position in this year’s NFL Draft. Atlanta has their starters set at the position, but are lacking depth. Some of the talented corners in this draft may be too good to pass on and drafting one would set the stage for Atlanta to move on from the large contract of Desmond Trufant after the season. Coverage linebackers are always needed in today’s NFL. The Falcons’ lack of depth was exposed in that area last season and they don’t want to risk getting caught short-handed gain. With that said let’s get to the Atl All Day Complete 2019 Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft.