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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Atlanta Falcons Rumors You Need To Know

5 Atlanta Falcons Rumors You Need to Know

Clowney
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The 2013 season was a disaster for the Atlanta Falcons, who entered the year as a perceived Super Bowl contender, but finished 4-12. It's fairly safe to say that the Falcons are much more talented than that standing though, and will return to playoff-caliber form with good health and a few tweaks. May's draft will provide an excellent opportunity to improve the roster.

Here are five rumors surrounding the Falcons as the draft approaches.

5. OT Is A Priority

Jake Matthews
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5. OT Is A Priority

Jake Matthews
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Left tackle Sam Baker, who inked a six-year, .1 million deal last March, is only 28, but has had trouble staying healthy for the Falcons. One of the draft's top two tackles -- Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews -- could still be on the board when Atlanta is on the clock. Selecting one of the two will be tempting. If not, there are plenty of quality prospects to be had in the middle rounds.

4. TE Will Be Target In Round 2

Jace Amaro
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4. TE Will Be Target In Round 2

Jace Amaro
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Tony Gonzalez's retirement has left a huge void at tight end. It's unlikely that the Falcons will fill it in Round 1 -- Eric Ebron is the only legitimate possibility, but would be a reach with the No. 6 overall pick. Round 2, however, would be an ideal spot to land Gonzalez's successor, or at least some competition for current starter Levine Toilolo. Jace Amaro, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Troy Niklas headline the potential Day 2 options.

3. Falcons Will Trade Down, Select Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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3. Falcons Will Trade Down, Select Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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It's a deep draft and the Falcons would like add more picks. In addition, free safety is one of the club's most pressing needs, but the class' top safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, would be a reach with the No. 6 overall selection. If the Falcons can trade back into the teens in order to acquire more selections and still nab Clinton-Dix, they will, according to one rumor.

2. Khalil Mack Will Be Pick At No. 6 Overall If Available

Khalil Mack
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2. Khalil Mack Will Be Pick At No. 6 Overall If Available

Khalil Mack
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Ranked 29th in the NFL, 32 sacks isn't going to cut it. The Falcons need more pass rush, and might seek it during the first round of May's draft. Buffalo's Khalil Mack could substantially improve Atlanta's front seven. He's an explosive athlete with a full arsenal of effective pass rushing moves. If he's still on the board after five picks, there's a strong chance he'll be the Falcons' choice.

1. Trade Up for Jadeveon Clowney Possible

Clowney
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1. Trade Up for Jadeveon Clowney Possible

Clowney
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Jadeveon Clowney is considered the most talented prospect of the draft. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll be the first player taken though, as the quarterback starved Houston Texans might choose a potential franchise passer instead. But Clowney plummeting to pick No. 6 is unlikely. If the Falcons have any hopes of landing him, they'll need to trade up into the top five -- an aggressive move, but nothing Atlanta isn't accustomed to.