2016 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons Pre-Combine Seven-Round Mock

By Jason Fletcher

The Atlanta Falcons won their first five games of 2015 and six of their first seven. Unfortunately for first year head coach Dan Quinn, the hot start was met with a disappointing finish as the team limped to an 8-8 record. There are a number of areas that will need to be addressed this offseason, especially in the 2016 NFL Draft. Here is a recent seven-round mock draft I completed for the team using FanSpeak.com’s mock draft simulator.

2016 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons Pre-Combine Seven-Round Mock
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Round 1, No. 17 Overall - OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

Round 1, No. 17 Overall - OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame Credit: Getty Images
The Falcons should be ecstatic if Stanley were to fall this far. Aside from Laremy Tunsil, Stanley is the best tackle in this draft, and he could hop in and start right away which would give Matt Ryan more protection immediately.

Round 1, No. 17 Overall - OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

The Falcons should be ecstatic if Stanley were to fall this far. Aside from Laremy Tunsil, Stanley is the best tackle in this draft, and he could hop in and start right away which would give Matt Ryan more protection immediately.

Round 2, No. 50 Overall - DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

Round 2, No. 50 Overall - DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech Credit: Getty Images
Butler is a horse, and while he may be better fit for a 3-4 scheme, Dan Quinn would have no qualms about putting this guy into the middle of his defense. His pure strength will allow him to contribute in both the run and pass game.

Round 2, No. 50 Overall - DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

Butler is a horse, and while he may be better fit for a 3-4 scheme, Dan Quinn would have no qualms about putting this guy into the middle of his defense. His pure strength will allow him to contribute in both the run and pass game.

Round 3, No. 81 Overall - DE Bronson Kaufusi, BYU

Round 3, No. 81 Overall - DE Bronson Kaufusi, BYU Credit: Getty Images
The Falcons finished tied for 23rd with 32 sacks which is a low number for a Dan Quinn defense. Vic Beasley will almost certainly help that stat improve next season, but he's also going to need some help. Kaufusi recorded 11 sacks last year at BYU.

Round 3, No. 81 Overall - DE Bronson Kaufusi, BYU

The Falcons finished tied for 23rd with 32 sacks which is a low number for a Dan Quinn defense. Vic Beasley will almost certainly help that stat improve next season, but he's also going to need some help. Kaufusi recorded 11 sacks last year at BYU.

Round 4, No. 116 Overall - WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

Round 4, No. 116 Overall - WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers Credit: Getty Images
Roddy White has had a brilliant career, but it's time for him to ride off into the sunset. Adding a player like Carroo, who's a first or second-round talent, would be huge to alleviate some of the focus on Julio Jones.

Round 4, No. 116 Overall - WR Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

Roddy White has had a brilliant career, but it's time for him to ride off into the sunset. Adding a player like Carroo, who's a first or second-round talent, would be huge to alleviate some of the focus on Julio Jones.

Round 5 - Pick Forfeited

Round 5 - Pick Forfeited Credit: Getty Images
The Falcons lost their right to this pick when they decided to pump fake crowd noise into their stadium.

Round 5 - Pick Forfeited

The Falcons lost their right to this pick when they decided to pump fake crowd noise into their stadium.

Round 6 - Pick Traded

Round 6 - Pick Traded Credit: Getty Images
The Falcons traded their sixth-round pick to the Tennessee Titans in a deal for starting left guard Andy Levitre.

Round 6 - Pick Traded

The Falcons traded their sixth-round pick to the Tennessee Titans in a deal for starting left guard Andy Levitre.

Round 7, No. 236 Overall - S Trevon Stewart, Houston

Round 7, No. 236 Overall - S Trevon Stewart, Houston Credit: Getty Images
Stewart is only listed at 5-foot-9, but that didn't stop him from being extremely productive at Houston. Not only can he cover, but he's a great blitzing safety as evidenced by his six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in 2015.

Round 7, No. 236 Overall - S Trevon Stewart, Houston

Stewart is only listed at 5-foot-9, but that didn't stop him from being extremely productive at Houston. Not only can he cover, but he's a great blitzing safety as evidenced by his six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in 2015.

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