As Free Agency has began to slow down it is the perfect time to take a look at the team needs for each team as we get closer to the 2019 NFL Draft. Listed below are the Atlanta Falcons Team Needs as they head into the 2019 NFL Draft listed in order of importance.
Atlanta Falcons Team Needs
The Falcons lack both depth and production from the defensive end position. While starts Vic Beasley and Takkarist McKinley are both recent first round picks, they have hardly lived up to the hype. Beasley seemed to have found his stride notching 15.5 sacks in his sophomore season but hasn’t topped five sacks since. Bringing in quality pieces through the draft that will push or replace the current starters, while offering depth to the unit is a mandatory action by the front office.
Grady Jarrett has become a tough man to handle for opposing offensive lines. Which is why, with the team and player being rumored to be far apart in contract negotiations, finding a replacement or possible running mate ready to step in as a rotational piece this season and starter next is critical. Losing a great player due to a contract is tough, not having a replacement is just that much worse.
Resigning Ty Sambrailo moves this need from the top spot to number three. Both starters in Jake Matthews and the aforementioned Sambrailo are locked in for the next three seasons presumably, however there is no depth beyond Matt Gono. Finding a potential swing tackle that has the ability to become an eventual replacement along a line who has had its fair share of mishaps over the last few seasons is huge.
The starting group is locked in with Desmond Trufant and the promising Isaiah Oliver covering the outside with converted safety Damontae Kazee, who tied for the league lead with seven interceptions, covering the slot. The Falcons have to be on the lookout for depth beyond that group to bolster their defensive backfield.
A team that lines up Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley has a draft need at wide receiver? While the team boost one of the top units in football when it comes to their receiving corps, the depth behind their starting unit lacks anything to rely on. Finding some young prospects to learn behind that core would be a very smart choice.
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