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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players Atlanta Falcons Should Target With 6th Pick

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players Atlanta Falcons Should Target With 6th Pick

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When the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around, the Atlanta Falcons are going to have plenty of options; it's just a matter of which option they take. They can choose offense or defense, and they could choose lineman or skill player. They may not be able to get Jadeveon Clowney, but here are five players they may be able to draft who they should be targeting.

5. Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

Sammy Watkins
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5. Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson

Sammy Watkins
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There's a good chance the Raiders will take Watkins fifth overall, but if not, the Falcons should consider grabbing him. Atlanta may have to say goodbye to Roddy White after 2014, so adding Watkins would make sense for the future. It would also give them an outstanding trio of wide receivers this season, which could help them get back to the playoffs.

4. Jake Matthews, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M

Jake Matthews
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4. Jake Matthews, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M

Jake Matthews
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Matthews may or may not be available at sixth overall, but assuming Greg Robinson is off the board by then, Matthews will be the top lineman available. Considering the need the Falcons have at that position, it'll be hard to pass on him if he's available for them.

3. Anthony Barr, Linebacker, UCLA

Anthony Barr
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3. Anthony Barr, Linebacker, UCLA

Anthony Barr
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The Falcons need to give their defense a boost, and if Barr is the best available player on that side of the ball when they pick sixth overall, they may need to pull the trigger on him because it'll be hard to find a better defensive player later in the draft.

2. Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan

Taylor Lewan

2. Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan

Taylor Lewan

Taking Lewan sixth overall may be a slight stretch, but the Falcons know that he'll be available at that stage in the draft, and know that he'll be a safe bet to help them along the offensive line, which is an area they need to improve upon in 2014.

1. Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Buffalo

Khalil Mack

1. Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Buffalo

Khalil Mack

Mack being available at sixth overall would be the ideal scenario for the Falcons short of somehow being able to get Jadeveon Clowney. Mack is almost as good of a prospect as Clowney, and he should be Atlanta's primary target among players who could realistically still be available.