Atlanta Falcons: Grade for Drafting Qadree Ollison

Atlanta Falcons, Qadree Ollison #30 (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons, Qadree Ollison #30 (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Falcons added players to help fortify three more positions, in rounds five and six of the 2019 NFL Draft. Let’s look at the rookies and grade how they will fit in their new home of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Falcons selected Ohio State Cornerback Kendall Sheffield with pick number nine in round four. The story on Atlanta drafting Sheffield can be read by clicking here. Charleston defensive lineman John Cominski was drafted at pick number 33 in the same round. The scoop on the big fella from Charleston University can be read here. After trading up to select both men, the team was left with three picks to finish the draft. Those picks were pick number 14 and 34 in round five and pick number 31 in round six.

The Falcons had filled several needs at that point. Offensive line was sowed up after selecting guard Chris Lindstrom from Boston College and tackle Kaleb Mcgary in round one. Information about the selection of Lindstrom can be found by clicking here. The low down on Kaleb Mcgary can be found by reading this article. The selection of Lindstrom eliminated the need for a backup center, as well as beefing up depth at the guard position. Mcgary added the needed right tackle. The previously mentioned Sheffield and Cominski helped bolster the numbers at cornerback and run stopping defensive end. Cominski also has the versatility to be a gap shooting defensive tackle.

The main remaining needs for the Atlanta Falcons were edge rusher, running back depth, kick returner, more depth in the secondary and to a lesser extent, defensive tackle depth. The need at defensive tackle wasn’t as great, after bringing in Tyler Davidson and Rasheed Hegaman recently. The Atlanta Falcons chose to fill the running back need by selecting Qadree Ollison from The University of Pittsburgh with the first of their remaining picks