2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects the Atlanta Falcons Must Target

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects the Atlanta Falcons Must Target

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The Atlanta Falcons had a disappointing and injury-filled 2013 season. Atlanta will now look to put the disappointment behind them and look forward to the 2014 season. They will hope to use the 2014 NFL Draft to improve their team by getting a star player with their No. 6 overall pick. Atlanta can't just rely on their first-round pick, though. They need to find talent throughout the draft. Here are five players to target on day three.

5. Aaron Lynch, DE

Aaron Lynch
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5. Aaron Lynch, DE

Aaron Lynch
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Atlanta struggled on defense in 2013 due to the lack of a pass rush. Aaron Lynch is a DE out of South Florida who could help the Falcons in that area. Lynch is expected to be a 6th or 7th round selection in the draft.

4. Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB

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4. Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB

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Another defensive player the Falcons could look at in the later rounds of the draft is linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. Pierre-Louis was the leading tackler for Boston College last season with an impressive 108 tackles.

3. Lache Seastrunk, RB

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3. Lache Seastrunk, RB

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The Falcons struggled to find a consistent running game in 2013. Steven Jackson was often injured and was ineffective when he was on the field. One interesting RB in this year’s draft is Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk. Seastrunk is considered undersized by some, but that has not stopped him from recording back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.

2. Ahmad Dixon, S

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2. Ahmad Dixon, S

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Another Baylor player Atlanta might be interested in is safety Ahmad Dixon. Dixon is a hard hitter and good against both the run and the pass. He could be a great addition to the Falcons’ secondary.

1. Arthur Lynch, TE

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1. Arthur Lynch, TE

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The Falcons lost TE Tony Gonzalez to retirement. While they cannot replace a Hall of Fame player like Gonzalez, it is important for them to draft a good TE. One option could be Georgia TE Arthur Lynch. Lynch is a great run-blocker and could develop into a better receiver. One thing he does have is size, which would give Matt Ryan a nice red zone target.


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