As owner Arthur Blank watched his franchise quarterback throw a pick-six that sealed their loss against the San Francisco 49ers, all he could do was shake his head in disbelief as this season has been a nightmare with each loss adding to the misery. While the Atlanta Falcons will be preparing for their final game of the year, Blank and GM Thomas Dimitroff have to make sure that they get it right when this year’s NFL Draft comes by.
Every single pick that any team makes on Draft Day is always important, as the future of the team can either move forward or backtrack in the worst possible way. For the Falcons however, the 2014 NFL Draft will be crucial because of their inability to find multiple impact players in the past and already having several high draft picks not turn out the way they had envisioned.
Like any other team who drafts a player with high expectations, there is always a gamble or risk. However, the Falcons can’t afford to have any of those as they will most likely have a high draft pick that can either change their fortune or set them back once again.
The next step for Blank and Dimitroff will be to carefully put together a plan for Draft Day and make sure they execute it to almost perfection. At this point, it doesn’t matter who the Falcons draft, but they need to make sure they draft a player that is not only talented, but is a player who they desperately need.
It is easy to see all the holes that they have, especially since these holes are the size of a crater. Despite their multiple needs on various levels both offensively and defensively, the Falcons need to tread carefully and make sure that they draft the best player available and not just lock in a player that fits their personal needs.
I believe that it is time that Blank and Dimitroff draft a defensive lineman that will be a true impact player. Currently, the Falcons own the No. 5 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, which will most likely allow them to draft a player that can truly make a difference.
In the past few drafts, the Falcons have struggled to find quality players in the second and third rounds. Even though every NFL Draft is important, the 2014 NFL Draft will be a little bit more tense for the Falcons. They need to make a swift counter move to the terrible season they have endured in hopes of being able to make the Super Bowl during Matt Ryan’s tenure as their franchise quarterback.