2011 NFL Draft Picks: Atlanta Falcons

By Dan Parzych

The Atlanta Falcons are coming off an impressive 13-3 season, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have team needs to fill during the 2011 NFL Draft. Here’s a look at the newest members of the Falcons.

Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones: Round 1, Pick 6

Considering everything the Falcons gave up to acquire Julio Jones–he better be worth it. A tremendous athlete to have alongside Roddy White, but the main focus will be whether or not he can fix his problem of dropping balls.

Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent: Round 3, Pick 91

Akeem Dent earned second-time All SEC honors in 2010 after recording 122 total tackles (6.5 for a loss) and three sacks with the Bulldogs. Well built and very athletic–a great third-round pick for the Falcons.

Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers: Round 5, Pick 145

The Falcons were already loaded in the backfield with Michael Turner and Jason Snelling, but the addition of Jacquizz Rodgers just makes the backfield that much better. During his three seasons with the Beavers, he rushed for 3,877 yards with 46 touchdowns–which is beyond impressive.

Miami punter Matt Bosher: Round 6, Pick 192

There’s really not much to say about punters in the draft, but it should be noted that Matt Bosher was named All-ACC Second Team.

Fresno State offensive guard Andrew Jackson: Round 7, Pick 210

Andrew Jackson has great size, but his durability is still a concern. Considering all of the free agents on the Falcons offensive line, there’s a chance Jackson could work his way into the starting role if he’s successful at the NFL level.

South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews: Round 7, Pick 230

The Falcons were in desperate need of pass rushers prior to the draft and the addition of Cliff Matthews gives them a guy that recorded 13 sacks over the last two seasons. He’s got great speed, but still needs to work on his agility.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for RantSports.com/NFL,  where he writes and edits NFL content for RantSports.com.

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