Full 7-Round Falcons Mock Draft

UPDATED AFTER THE SIGNING OF FUSCO

Round 1, Pick 26: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

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Bryan was a late developer in football. As a freshman, Bryan only got 10 tackles and .5 sacks and then 17 tackles and 1 sack in his sophomore year. Considering Bryan’s great athleticism and skill set, his lack of playing time tells me that he needs development and coaching. He did break out in 2017 though as he got more familiar with football. Despite a disappointing season for Florida, Bryan was one of the few bright spots, totaling 40 tackles with six tackles for a loss and four sacks across 11 games.

Combine Results

Height: 6-4

Weight: 291

Hand: 9 3/4

Arm: 32 3/4

Wingspan: 78 7/8

40 yard dash: 4.98

10-yard split: 1.68 (better than J.J. Watt and important because it indicates how fast he gets off the ball)

Bench Press: 30 reps

Vertical: 35

Broad Jump: 119

3 Cone Drill: 7.12

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.48

Strengths:

Excellent athlete, Agile, Fast at the point of attack, Has the ability to be an interior pass-rusher, Closes on quarterbacks in a hurry, Disruptive, Strong hands and quick feet, Can bull rush well, Quality run stopper, Can play in lots of techniques in a 3-4 or 4-3, Great potential

Weaknesses:

Bad instincts, Lacks good pass rushing moves, Didn’t start much and started late in football so lacks feel, Short arms, Will need at least a year before he becomes fully developed

Quote(s)

“He’s starter level talent but I don’t think that is going to be next year. He’s out here getting by on hiWis AA (athletic ability) but he doesn’t have enough feel for the game yet. That doesn’t happen overnight.” — former player and NFC team scout

“I think his value to teams is where they’re going to look at him and say, ‘OK, we know he’s a tough kid, and he can defend the run, but can he affect the pass game?’ And I believe he can. So, regardless of your scheme, I think he can affect the pass game, and I think teams are going to look at him as an ascending talent. And I do believe he’s going to go in the first round.”

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Reason for picking him:

He is a talented run-stopper with great athletic ability and has great potential. He won’t be a dominant player his first year but I think his ceiling is very high and is worth a first round pick.

2nd Round, Pick 58: Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest 

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With the loss of Adrian Clayborn, the Falcons now need another edge presence. With Ejifor, you get a versatile edge rusher who can pass rush well and play a little inside like Clayborn did. Ejiofor played well for Wake Forest in 2017, totaling 43 tackles with 16.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass batted. He may not have the skill set or consistency to be a first-rounder, but he could be a solid second-round pick.

Combine Results

Didn’t participate as he had a torn labrum but won’t affect his availability for Training Camp.

Strengths:

Quick pass rusher, good closing speed, good arm length to keep blockers away, had nice potential playing on the inside, strong and powerful, heavy tackler, has a good base, good footwork

Weaknesses:

Not a great athelete, doesn’t have great initial quickness/jump off the ball, tendency to miss tackles, has trouble moving his feet to make sudden tackles, poor motor, poor play speed

Image result for duke ejioforJeremy Brevard

Reason for picking him:

With the loss of Clayborn, Ejiofor would be a good replacement as he is a versatile edge rusher who can play on the inside. He is looked at as a 2nd-4th rounder by many scouts but I think the Falcons take him in the second so that we don’t risk losing him.

3rd Round, Pick 90: Keke Coutee (Q-T), WR, Texas Tech

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I originally had us taking D.J. Chark here but of course, Chark had an amazing combine and raised his draft stock to a probable 2nd round pick. With that being said, I still think Coutee can be a good player for Atlanta and a good replacement for Taylor Gabriel. He most likely will be a slot receiver so it could come to the point where Hardy becomes WR3 and Coutee is the slot. He had a breakout junior year with the red raiders gaining 1429 yards and 10 TDs on 93 receptions. Like Chark, Coutee also is a kick returner who averaged 31.5 yards per return and got 1 return TD.

Combine Results:

Height: 5-11

Weight: 180

Hand: 8 3/8

Arm: 29 7/8

Wingspan: 70 5/8 (unconfirmed)

40 yard dash: 4.42 (6th among WRs)

Bench Press: 14 reps

Vertical: 34.5

Broad Jump: 113

3 Cone Drill: 6.93

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.15

Strengths:

Very quick, great route running, explosive speed coming out of cuts, nice acceleration, has great initial push/move in routes that allows for good deep routes, can make body adjustments when catching

Weaknesses:

Lanky, not very strong so will have a disadvantage vs. bigger and more physical corners, not very good at contested catches, shys from contact after he catches it, can sometimes struggle with jams at the line

Image result for Keke CouteeJohn Weast

Reason for picking him:

He’s a speedy receiver who has great route running and quickness and uses it to get great separation. He could be a great Taylor Gabriel replacement and if/when Andre Roberts leaves, he would be a good returner.

Round 4, Pick 126: Dimitri Flowers, FB, Oklahoma

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Not many fullbacks are drafted but they’re an important part of every offense (instead of Cincinnati). In 2016, one of the best fullbacks in the NFL, Patrick Dimarco, was an integral part of the Falcons run game. Then when he was replaced by Derrick Coleman there was a pretty big drop off and so with Coleman not performing, it’s time for Atlanta to look for a new FB. Dimitri Flowers is one of the highest rated fullbacks but likely won’t go until the 5th-7th round but I think we take him in the 4th as we don’t have a 5th round pick. He would be a great pick as the departure of Dimarco had a big effect on the offense. Flowers would come in and could play multiple positions.

Combine Results:

Height: 6-2

Weight: 248

Hand: 9 1/4

Arm: 30 3/4

Wingspan: 76 1/4 (unconfirmed)

40 yard dash: 4.83

Bench Press: 17 reps

Vertical: 30.5

Broad Jump: 109

3 Cone Drill: 7.45

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.53

Strengths:

Pass-Catching (54 catches for 886 yards and 13 TDs), willing to block, blocking, speed, and route running.

Weaknesses:

Overall strength and block finishing

Quote

“If I remember correctly, I talked to every team except the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Cincinnati Bengals don’t use a fullback, A lot of teams that I talked to, that was the main conversation — my versatility. They love that stuff, especially my willingness to play special teams. I did it all four years in Oklahoma. Just having the versatility and the experience of playing special teams is big to those teams.” – Flowers (Interview)

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Reason for picking him:

His versatility. Flowers played fullback at Oklahoma but was also a tremendous route runner and pass catcher. With the Falcons struggles at TE and FB, Fowers would be the perfect option as he could play as a traditional tight end or a fullback.

Round 6, Pick 186: D’Montre Wade, CB, Murray State

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D’Montre Wade is a physical defensive back who primarily plays corner but can really play anywhere in the secondary. He is well built and has good playing speed/ range. In addition, Wade plays the ball very well and will get his hand on well-thrown passes. He does come with the many questions of a small school prospect, but Alford has turned out well despite coming from a small school and because Wade can also return kicks and punts he could be a worthwhile pick.

Combine Results:

Height: 6-0

Weight: 206

Hand: 9 7/8

Arm: 32 3/8

Wingspan: 76 7/8 (unconfirmed)

40 yard dash: 4.57

Bench Press: 15 reps

Vertical: 35.5

Broad Jump: 120

3 Cone Drill: Didn’t Run

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.40

Strengths:

Fast, very physical corner, good hand fighting, good ability to track balls in the air, can play the ball downfield in the air like a receiver, good zone player, great open-field tackler, good football IQ and instincts

Weaknesses:

Developmental prospect, sometimes can be too physical leading to PI/holding calls, has a tendency to not jam the wide receiver at the line of scrimmage

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Reason for picking him:

He has a lot of similarities to Robert Alford and Wade has a lot of versatility in the secondary so I think could be a good 3rd corner for Atlanta.

7th Round, Pick 244: Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB, Western Kentucky

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Due to his complicated injury history, Iyiegbuniwe finally played a full season in 2015, suiting up for 14 games as a reserve linebacker and special teams player (19 tackles, one sack altogether). That production led to a big sophomore season, as he earned honorable mention All-Conference USA recognition after starting all 14 games (64 tackles, 10 for loss, 3.5 sacks, three pass break-ups). The compactly-built and quick Iyiegbuniwe left Western Kentucky after a breakout junior season that saw him garner first-team all-conference accolades with 116 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss.

Combine Results:

Height: 6-1

Weight: 229

Hand: 10 1/4

Arm: 32 5/8

Wingspan: 77 5/8 (unconfirmed)

40 yard dash: 4.60

Bench Press: 19 reps

Vertical: 35

Broad Jump: 117

3 Cone Drill: 7.06

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.28

Strengths:

Athletic frame, good pursuit speed, good initial burst, good nose for the ball, good footwork especially on backpedals, good coverage linebacker

Weaknesses:

Takes plays off or loafs around when play develops away from him, doesn’t shed/slip blocks well, gets stuck on blocks, sometimes has poor awareness in Zone coverage

Image result for Joel Iyiegbuniwe                Getty Images

Reason for picking him:

Iyiegbuniwe had a breakout campaign in 2017 for Western Kentucky but I’m not sure if he can transfer that to the NFL. I think he could come in as a rotational LB due to his good coverage skills but it is up in the air depending on how he would perform in the preseason. At the very least, I see him coming in as a good special teams player.

Round 7, Pick 256: Jeromy Irwin, OT, Colorado

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Atlanta got a compensatory pick and will be picking Mr. Irrelevant this year. Jeromy became a stalwart of the offensive line for Colorado as a two-time team captain and three-year starter at left tackle. The 2017 honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick had a rough start to his senior year, however, missing the first two games with a suspension. He started the remaining 10 games at left tackle. Irwin was a second-team All-Pac-12 pick as a junior, starting 12 times on his way to being named the team’s top lineman. Falcons are in need of a swing tackle and while Irwin has only played left tackle, he certainly could play both positions.

Strengths:

Works his feet through contact, lands his hands in proper position, improved his movement and flexibility this year, aggressive when finishing blocks, good at disrupting pass rushers, good initial contact

Weaknesses:

Injury-prone, poor body control, feet too close when blocking, lacks overall athletic ability, has issues with defenders utilizing push-pull technique that yanks him out of his stance, gets caught leaning, stiffness in lower body

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Reason for picking him:

Ty Sambrailo didn’t impress last year when playing and given our history of injuries to the offensive line, Jeromy Irwin would be a great pick considering it is the last pick in the draft. He is an athletic player who is a decent pass blocker and would be a good pick for the Falcons.

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