Draft Needs: Are Falcons Desperately Seeking an Edge-Rusher?
Apr30

Draft Needs: Are Falcons Desperately Seeking an Edge-Rusher?

If you’re making a case for what is the Atlanta Falcons biggest draft need, it starts and ends with edge pass-rusher. The lack of a significant pass rush has plagued the team for multiple seasons. The last time the team finished in the top 15 league-wide in sacks was 2008, and the last time they finished in the top 10 was in 2004 when they led the entire league with 48 sacks. Frankly, the Falcons wasted the talents of John...

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Draft Needs: More Beef Needed on Falcons Defensive Interior?
Apr30

Draft Needs: More Beef Needed on Falcons Defensive Interior?

An offseason priority for the Atlanta Falcons was “toughening up” their team, with an emphasis on bulking up on both lines of scrimmage. The team did just that when they opened up free agency by signing defensive tackle Paul Soliai and defensive end Tyson Jackson. For many, it signaled that the Falcons were moving to a 3-4 scheme. Why else would would they guarantee $25 million to players that have spent the bulk of their...

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Falcons Exercise Fifth-Year Option on Julio Jones
Apr29

Falcons Exercise Fifth-Year Option on Julio Jones

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports tweeted this afternoon that the Atlanta Falcons were electing to exercise the fifth-year option on Julio Jones’ contract. As such, Jones’ 2015 base salary will become the average of the top 10 wide receivers in the league, projected at $10.176 million. The fifth-year option was instituted in the NFL’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement enacted in 2011, where first-round picks could be kept...

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Draft Needs: Are Falcons Okay at Center?

The Atlanta Falcons seemingly solidified their center position by re-signing free agent Joe Hawley this offseason. But the interesting thing about Hawley’s contract is that it is a significant commitment to the fifth-year pro, but also not really a commitment to him. If Hawley doesn’t have a strong 2014 season, the team could move on from him rather easily in 2015 based off how his contract is structured. In 2015, the...

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Draft Needs: Should Falcons Add More Depth at Guard

The Atlanta Falcons stabilized their right guard position with the signing of former Kansas City Chiefs starter Jon Asamoah this offseason. There had been a revolving door at the position since the team opted to let Harvey Dahl go following the 2010 season. Asamoah joins Justin Blalock as the most proven of the team’s five projected starters, making the interior of the line a potential strength. But as the injury-riddled 2013...

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Draft Needs: Do Falcons Really Need Upgrade at Tackle?

Offensive tackle was a position that plagued the Atlanta Falcons throughout the 2013 season, and has been one long designated as an area that could use improvement. So the answer to the question of whether the team needs an upgrade at the position in yes. But a better question may be, does the team need to use a high pick in order to make that upgrade? Particularly when looking at the right tackle spot where Lamar Holmes is expected...

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Draft Needs: Have Falcons Really Improved Depth at Wide Receiver?

The Atlanta Falcons signed wide receiver Devin Hester earlier this offseason, in a move that should bolster not only their special teams, but also their depth at wide receiver. But has that signing really made a substantial improvement to their depth at the latter position? The Falcons depth at the position essentially boils down to whether or not they can rely on any of their current backups to step up if or when one of their...

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Draft Needs: Is Levine Toilolo Ready to Start?

The Atlanta Falcons are certain to add a tight end in next month’s 2014 NFL Draft. It’s not a question of if, but rather when. That is purely based off the fact that Toilolo is the most experienced tight end on the roster, and he’s only been in the league one season. Mickey Shuler entered the league in 2010 and played six games with the Miami Dolphins that year, but hasn’t played a snap since. Toilolo played in...

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Draft Needs: Do the Falcons Need to Draft a Fullback?

When the Atlanta Falcons opted to release the oft-injured Bradie Ewing this offseason, it certainly created a void at the fullback position. That void is currently filled by Patrick DiMarco, who was serviceable in the absence of Ewing last season. But is DiMarco capable of filling that void in 2014 and beyond? The Falcons certainly will add fullbacks to bolster competition in camp, but the question remains whether they will draft one....

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Draft Needs: Can the Falcons Add Steven Jackson’s Successor?

The retirement of running back Jason Snelling certainly will affect the Atlanta Falcons depth at running back. Coupled with the strong possibility that Steven Jackson is playing his last season with the team, there appears to be a compelling need at the position headed into next month’s draft. Jackson has one more year left on his contract beyond this season, but carries nearly a $5 million cap hit in 2015. He’ll be 32...

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