2014 Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Edition

2014 Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft: Post-Free Agency Edition

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After an abysmal year in 2013, the Atlanta Falcons will focus their attention to the NFL Draft in May to address a ton of key needs. The Falcons need to improve their defense, and getting some blockers on offense would be smart too. Luckily for the Falcons, this draft class is one of the deepest in recent memory, and Atlanta should find a ton of quality players to lead this team in the future.

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Round 1: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB

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Round 1: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB

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The Falcons are in a good position in this year's draft if a top prospect falls. If Greg Robinson or Jadeveon Clowney fall to their selection, I fully believe Atlanta should take one of the two players. Both are transcendent talents, but Khalil Mack isn't a bad pick. Many will ridicule Mack and how he played at a smaller school in the University at Buffalo, but he is a physical specimen who would be a Day-1 starter.

Round 2: Morgan Moses, OT

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Round 2: Morgan Moses, OT

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The Falcons need upgrades in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Morgan Moses is a guy no one has really talked about because of Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews. At 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, Moses has the prototypical size to be a franchise-caliber blind side tackle for years in the NFL. He is also deceivingly athletic, which allows him to get to the second level of the defense.

Round 3: Dominique Easley, DT

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Round 3: Dominique Easley, DT

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Dominique Easley is a player who would likely be a top-10 pick if it weren't for his multiple ACL surgeries. At the University of Florida, Easley was a playmaker who was able to get after the quarterback. He has proved that he can play in the 3-4 and in the 4-3. He has also shown his amazing burst off the ball. He projects as a Pro Bowl-caliber three-technique player in the NFL if he can stay healthy.

Round 4: Christian Kirksey, OLB

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Round 4: Christian Kirksey, OLB

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It's not only in the trenches where the Falcons need to get better. They can make some upgrades in the rest of the defense as well. Christian Kirksey is an outside linebacker who has been flying under the radar. He shows great awareness and wraps up really well. Kirksey projects as a weak side linebacker at the next level.

Round 5: Jerick McKinnon, RB/OW

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Round 5: Jerick McKinnon, RB/OW

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Jerick McKinnon was a workout machine at the NFL Combine. In the bench press, he benched 225 pounds 32 times. He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash, and he had a 40.5-inch vertical jump. McKinnon is the epitome of a jack-of-all-trades type of player. Matt Ryan could use a guy like that to take pressure off of Julio Jones and Roddy White. McKinnon is a solid player, and he could be a good complementary back to Steven Jackson.

Round 6: Arthur Lynch, TE

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Round 6: Arthur Lynch, TE

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After a strong senior season, Arthur Lynch improved his draft stock. Lynch did this without his starting quarterback in Aaron Murray. He caught 30 passes for over 450 yards and five touchdowns. Lynch has also shown the ability to be an impactful run blocker in the running game. With Matt Ryan throwing him the ball, Lynch could become better at catching passes in tight areas.

Round 7: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB

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Loucheiz Purifoy, CB

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Before the 2013 college football season, Louchiez Purifoy was supposed to be one of the top cornerbacks taken in April's draft. But after a bumpy junior season, Purifoy's stock has dropped a bit. He has the combination of size and speed to become an elite man cover cornerback in the NFL. Purifoy will be a gem in the right place, and GM Thomas Dimitroff may have to trade up to get this raw talent.


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