By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on April 27, 2014
After a surprising and obviously disappointing 4-12 season in 2013, the Atlanta Falcons are now looking to regroup and become a contender once again. The roster is definitely still talented, but the Falcons have some key holes to fill. They hold the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft which will allow them to add a key player, but I think they can add impact talent throughout this draft. Here are 5 sleeper prospects they should consider.
With Steven Jackson a far cry from his former self, the Falcons need to consider adding a running back in this draft. There are many talented options at the position, but Bishop Sankey is one of my favorites who I think teams will be able to get at a value. Sankey is a natural and instinctive runner with great quickness and nice power. He is great as a runner and productive in the passing game as well, both as a receiver and a blocker.
With Tony Gonzalez heading into retirement, the Falcons have a huge hole at the TE position. If they do not fill it earlier in the draft, Jake Murphy is a Day 3 prospect they should target. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 249-pounds with 4.79 40 speed, Murphy is a big, athletic body with natural pass catching abilities. He is also a traditional inline TE who is a good run blocker. Murphy is a great fit for what the Falcons do at the TE position.
Depth along the offensive line is an obvious need for the Falcons, and it's one they can fill in the later part of the draft. Dakota Dozier is a natural guard prospect who is one of my favorite sleepers in this class. He is a physical run blocker with good quickness and footwork that helps him succeed in pass protection as well. Obviously, his lack of college competition is a concern, but Dozier has the ability to be a good starting NFL guard.
The Falcons are apparently very enamored with Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack at the top of this draft. While both are incredible players, the Falcons will almost surely have to give up a ton in a trade up from No. 6 for either guy. Kareem Martin may not be on the same level as those guys, but he is a talented pass rush prospect who would fit in well with the Falcons' defense and will likely be had at a value in the middle rounds.
Justin Britt is an underrated offensive line prospect who would be a great Day 3 target for the Falcons. Britt is a tough, physical player who I believe can play either guard position or RT immediately. On top of that, Britt has underrated athleticism that I think gives him great pass protection potential and makes him a possible LT at some point. Britt would help the Falcons immediately and give them intriguing upside for the future.
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