We knew the Falcons were ready to make a big move in the draft. They’ve been so close to getting to the big game and their explosive offense is still intact so the defense was going to be the main focus. Boy oh boy did they do a hell of a good job.
Clemson OLB Vic Beasley is a hell of a prospect. One of the top edge rushers in the game. He is certainly a big prospect to make a difference in the NFL and the Falcons got the perfect player to fit their biggest need.
They needed to get to the quarterback more often and also stop receivers from getting open. LSU Jalen Collins was quite a prospect and a possible first rounder. A 6’1″ cornerback with length, speed and strength, exactly what the Falcons need to play press-man coverage. A total steal for the Falcons in the second round to fit their defensive scheme.
They did not forget about the offense however. The Falcons took RB Tevin Coleman in the next round and WR Justin Hardy following him. Perfect replacements for the pieces they lost. Hardy is a 5’10” receiver who can perfectly work in the slot, while Coleman has great vertical ability and can spread the field open for the already dangerous Falcons in the air. They didn’t necessarily need difference makers, they needed role players to grow on the team and they both fit the bill.
After that DT Grady Jarrett was their next selection and he is a huge steal. Projected second round originally, he is undersized for his position but he can be a pest and very disruptive on the defensive line. To get talent like his in the fifth round was an incredible steal.
The Atlanta Falcons missed the playoffs by one game last season, and their defense was at no point anything to be scared about, but the Falcons played the draft perfectly and are now primed for something big.