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2014 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons 7-Round Mock, Final Edition

2014 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons' Seven-Round Mock, Final Edition

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Perhaps the most talented team picking in the top-10, the Atlanta Falcons are only a year removed from being a Super Bowl contender. Injuries and a bad defense hurt this team in 2013 and the Falcons are in a good position to get some good players for next season. Here is the Falcons' final seven-round mock draft.

Round 1: Jake Matthews

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Round 1: Jake Matthews

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Jake Matthews is coming from one of the best football families in the NFL. His cousin, Clay, is a stud pass-rusher on the Green Bay Packers and his father, Bruce, is a Hall of Famer who played for the Tennessee Titans. Matthews elected to stay for his senior season and he made the transition from right tackle to left tackle. Matthews has great footwork and technique. He will be a star in the NFL.

Round 2: Kony Ealy

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Round 2: Kony Ealy

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Once thought of a sure-fire first-round pick, a bad combine showing hurt Kony Ealy's draft stock. In fact, Ealy's draft stock relied on his combine showing because he was basically a one-year wonder at Missouri. Ealy has bust written all over him. He has a big body, but he needs to add muscle. The Falcons need a pass rusher and Ealy could turn into a double-digit sack type of guy.

Round 3: Demarcus Lawrence

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Round 3: Demarcus Lawrence

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Demarcus Lawrence is another pass rusher who the Falcons could target. Unlike Ealy, Lawrence is smaller for a defensive end. He only weighs 251 pounds and he is at his best when he is playing with speed around the edge. Lawrence also has long arms that allow him to move offensive tackles out of the way.

Round 4a: C.J. Fiedorowicz

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Round 4a: C.J. Fiedorowicz

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Tony Gonzalez finally retired and it will be up to Atlanta to find their tight end of the future. The Falcons have too many needs to draft a tight end early, so they will have to wait until the middle rounds to pick one. A good option could be C.J. Fiedorowicz out of Iowa. He is a physically in-line tight end who can make an impact in the running game and in the passing game.

Round 4b: Christian Kirksey

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Round 4b: Christian Kirksey

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Another Iowa product here. Christian Kirksey plays with a ton of versatility at the outside linebacker position. He is gritty player who can play inside or outside and he has a nose for finding the ball. Adding Kirksey would be an upgrade to one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2013.

Round 5: Isaiah Crowell

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Round 5: Isaiah Crowell

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Isaiah Crowell had a promising career at the University of Georgia before transferring to Alabama State. Crowell had three gun chargers and multiple other headaches at Georgia. At 6-foot, 220 pounds, Crowell passes the eye test. When you watch tape of Crowell, he looks bigger than he actually is. Crowell could take over for Steven Jackson when Jackson retires.

Round 6: Jonathan Dowling

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Round 6: Jonathan Dowling

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After releasing Thomas DeCoud, the Falcons have to draft a safety in this year's draft. An option on Day 3 could be Jonathan Dowling out of Western Kentucky. Although he is a bit small, Dowling has great ball skills and he has good eyes that allow him to read what the quarterback is doing.

Round 7a: Aaron Colvin

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Round 7a: Aaron Colvin

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Before an ACL injury at a practice for the Senior Bowl, Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin was going to be drafted on Day 2 of the draft. The injury ultimately killed his draft stock and he will likely go in the back-end of the seventh round. Colvin has the skill to be a good slot cornerback and the Falcons should take a flier on him.

Round 7b: Michael Campanaro

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Round 7b: Michael Campanaro

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Atlanta already has three receiver studs in Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas. What they don't have is a slot receiver who can spread out the field and find the open spot in the defense. Michael Campanaro is just that and he has drawn comparisons to Wes Welker for his soft hands and his route-running skills.

Round 7c: Max Bullough

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Round 7c: Max Bullough

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Max Bullough is perhaps the most instinctive linebacker in this draft. Michigan State had one of the best defenses in college football last season and Bullough was a big reason why. Nicknamed "The Technician", Bullough reads defenses and he has a knack for finding the ball-carrier and tackling him in the backfield.

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