|Four||30, 36(compensatory)||127, 133|
|Seven||37(compensatory), 38(compensatory), 43(compensatory)||243, 244, 249|
Total: 11 Picks
Team Needs: Tight End, Defensive End, Safety, Cornerback, Running Back, and Linebacker
Consensus First Round Pick: Tight End, Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Prospects That Fit Team Needs:
Early Rounds: TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame); TE Zach Ertz (Stanford); DE Datone Jones (UCLA); LB Arthur Brown (Kansas State); CB Desmond Trufant (Washington); DE Bjoern Werner (Florida State)
Middle Rounds: TE Jordan Reed (Florida); TE Dion Sims (Michigan State); DE Corey Lemonier (Auburn); RB Stepfan Taylor (Stanford); RB Johnathan Franklin (UCLA)
Late Rounds: TE Michael Williams (Alabama); OLB Joe Kruger (Utah); OLB Quanterus Smith (WKU); TE Ben Cotton (Nebraska); CB Tryann Mathieu (LSU); DE Malliciah Goodman (Clemson)
The Atlanta Falcons‘ clock will strike when the 30th pick is upon them. The defending NFC South Champions will be the favorites to win the division again in 2013. The team very well could have taken a trip to the Super Bowl if the defense did not give up the 17 point lead that they had over the 49ers. The Falcons are expected to address the defense in the draft with their eleven selections in 2013. With tight end Tony Gonzalez returning for one more season, the Falcons are unlikely to take a tight end in the first round although that is their consensus pick is Tyler Eifert.
Offensively, the Falcons have cut tides with running back Michael Turner, but brought on former Rams‘ running back, Steven Jackson. Jackson will be getting help with third year pro Jacquizz Rodgers who really emerged late in 2012. Matt Ryan and his passing trio of Roddy White, Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez has really became one of it’s own the longer the three have been together. This team rests on Matt Ryan’s shoulders now that he has won his first playoff game. As I said before, I do not see the Falcons going offense in the first or even second round. I believe they have much bigger needs on the defensive side of the ball. However, later in the draft you could see them going after a Michael Williams or even Jordan Reed to help with their tight end needs on offense.
When I look at the defense, I see a lot of holes that need to be filled if this team wants to take it to the next level. The Falcons decided to go in a different direction from defensive end John Abraham and signed Osi Umenyiora from the New York Giants to replace Abraham. The Falcons’ defense also lost Brent Grimes who signed with the Miami Dolphins and Dunta Robinson who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. So thier need in the secondary and defensive line shows vividly.
Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant is a four year starter with good experience coming into the league. He has two older brothers already in the league (Marcus and Isaiah). In college, he was a shutdown cornerback. Quarterbacks would tend to stay away from Trufant, resulting in just one interception in 2012. He needs to work on hip flexibility and technique to be better at the next level. The Falcons could see Trufant as an option with Dee Milliner and Xavier Rhodes gone by pick 30.
The Atlanta Falcons will decide what is the fate of their eleven picks when the draft arrives. Thomas Dimitroff and the front office staff will decide what prospects fit best with what the Falcons are trying to execute to help win a Super Bowl for the franchise.