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

By Bryan Zarpentine

It’s back to the drawing board for the Atlanta Falcons, who finished the 2015 season 8-8 after a 5-0 start and now find themselves in the same division as the new powerhouse team in the NFC. Atlanta will be on the lookout for impact players in this year’s draft, as they try to close the gap in the NFC South. Here is a prediction of what the Falcons will do in the 2016 NFL Draft.

2016 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons Post-Combine Seven-Round Mock
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Round 1, No. 17 Overall - Noah Spence, Defensive End, Eastern Kentucky

Round 1, No. 17 Overall - Noah Spence, Defensive End, Eastern Kentucky Credit: Getty Images
This is a risky pick considering the off-field issues Spence had throughout his college career, but Atlanta's defense needs another pass rusher who can play opposite Vic Beasley. If the Falcons have a dynamic pass-rushing duo like Beasley and Spence, it could make up for their other deficiencies on defense.

Round 1, No. 17 Overall - Noah Spence, Defensive End, Eastern Kentucky

This is a risky pick considering the off-field issues Spence had throughout his college career, but Atlanta's defense needs another pass rusher who can play opposite Vic Beasley. If the Falcons have a dynamic pass-rushing duo like Beasley and Spence, it could make up for their other deficiencies on defense.

Round 2, No. 50 Overall - Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

Round 2, No. 50 Overall - Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame Credit: Getty Images
Roddy White is gone, so the Falcons need a new No. 2 receiver. Fuller doesn't have great size, but he has the skills to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL. With teams having to pay so much attention to Julio Jones, Fuller could do a lot of damage if Atlanta is able to grab him in Round 2.

Round 2, No. 50 Overall - Will Fuller, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

Roddy White is gone, so the Falcons need a new No. 2 receiver. Fuller doesn't have great size, but he has the skills to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL. With teams having to pay so much attention to Julio Jones, Fuller could do a lot of damage if Atlanta is able to grab him in Round 2.

Round 3, No. 81 Overall - Christian Westerman, Offensive Guard, Arizona State

Round 3, No. 81 Overall - Christian Westerman, Offensive Guard, Arizona State Credit: Getty Images
The offensive line has to be a priority for the Falcons, so they can't let too many rounds fly by without addressing it. Westerman is a polished and experienced guard who should be able to challenge for a starting spot as a rookie. He also comes with the versatility to possibly move to center at some point, making him a valuable pickup in Round 3.

Round 3, No. 81 Overall - Christian Westerman, Offensive Guard, Arizona State

The offensive line has to be a priority for the Falcons, so they can't let too many rounds fly by without addressing it. Westerman is a polished and experienced guard who should be able to challenge for a starting spot as a rookie. He also comes with the versatility to possibly move to center at some point, making him a valuable pickup in Round 3.

Round 4 - Keanu Neal, Safety, Florida

Round 4 - Keanu Neal, Safety, Florida Credit: Getty Images
Even if the Falcons add another great pass rusher, they still need help on the back end of their secondary. Neal played both safety spots in college, and while he still needs to improve playing deep in coverage, he's a good run stopper and has a nice upside as a starter a few years down the road.

Round 4 - Keanu Neal, Safety, Florida

Even if the Falcons add another great pass rusher, they still need help on the back end of their secondary. Neal played both safety spots in college, and while he still needs to improve playing deep in coverage, he's a good run stopper and has a nice upside as a starter a few years down the road.

Round 5 - Pearce Slater, Offensive Tackle, San Diego State

Round 5 - Pearce Slater, Offensive Tackle, San Diego State Credit: Getty Images
Taking one offensive lineman isn't going to be enough for the Falcons, and they'd be wise to take a chance on Slater. He has massive size at 6-foot-7, 333 pounds, as well as the arms and athleticism to be a right tackle in the NFL. It may take him some time to get up to speed, but he has the tools to develop into a long-time starter in the NFL.

Round 5 - Pearce Slater, Offensive Tackle, San Diego State

Taking one offensive lineman isn't going to be enough for the Falcons, and they'd be wise to take a chance on Slater. He has massive size at 6-foot-7, 333 pounds, as well as the arms and athleticism to be a right tackle in the NFL. It may take him some time to get up to speed, but he has the tools to develop into a long-time starter in the NFL.

Round 7 - Marteze Waller, Running Back, Fresno State

Round 7 - Marteze Waller, Running Back, Fresno State Credit: Getty Images
The Falcons are in need of some depth in their backfield outside of Tevin Coleman, and taking Waller in Round 7 is a good way to add some. Waller battled injuries in college, but when healthy he's capable of being a productive back and can make for a suitable NFL backup.

Round 7 - Marteze Waller, Running Back, Fresno State

The Falcons are in need of some depth in their backfield outside of Tevin Coleman, and taking Waller in Round 7 is a good way to add some. Waller battled injuries in college, but when healthy he's capable of being a productive back and can make for a suitable NFL backup.

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