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With all the glaring holes on the Falcons roster Julio Jones Jersey Discount , they will need to consider what is of most importance going into the draft."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Library FalcFans Podcast on The FalcoholicContact The FalcoholicFalcons StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Falcons NewsYahoo Falcons Team PageYahoo Falcons ReportYahoo Falcons Depth ChartYahoo Falcons TransactionsYahoo Falcons PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁昗hat are the top 5 positions the Falcons need to address in the draft?New,38commentsWith all the glaring holes on the Falcons roster, they will need to consider what is of most importance going into the draft.EDTShareTweetShareShareWhat are the top 5 positions the Falcons need to address in the draft?Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsDraft season is finally here. Following a rather subdued free agency period, the Falcons are preparing to regain their status as a top contender through the draft. A repeat of the 2016 draft would be the dream scenario for Dan Quinn. For all the disappointment from last season, the rookie class looked extremely impressive as an overall group. The front office is putting together quite a resume of pinpointing which players could be difference makers in the middle-to-later rounds.Unlike past years, the pressure has intensified going into the draft. They desperately need to land immediate contributors to improve in the trenches. Whoever is selected will be expected to play significant snaps immediately. Multiple rookies could end up being difference makers based on the lack of depth across the defensive line. The same may apply to other positions outside of the defensive line. Here are the Falcons’ top five needs going into the draft.Defensive TackleA strong case can be made for edge rusher as the Falcons’ biggest positional need. The lack of consistency off the edge is concerning. Based on Takk McKinley’s upside and Quinn’s insistence on trying to salvage Vic Beasley’s career, it’s clear who the main edge rushing threats are going into the season. That can (and should) change by signing a veteran or drafting a prospect. Nevertheless, defensive tackle gets the slight nod because of the lack of depth and talent. Grady Jarrett is a certified star. There is no denying what he offers as a disruptive force. It’s hard to be overly optimistic about the rest of the group.As well as Jack Crawford played last season, he is entering the final year of his contract. The coaching staff may also use him more as an edge defender in base this season. With Brooks Reed and Derrick Shelby gone, Quinn will need reinforcements to set the edge on running downs. Deadrin Senat showed promise early in the season before hitting the proverbial rookie wall. His lack of push as a pass rusher may make him best suited for strictly a run-stuffing role. There isn’t a specific defensive tackle that should be targeted. The front office should consider drafting multiple defensive tackles to continue strengthening a problematic area. Selecting Ed Oliver and an intriguing prospect in the later rounds could do wonders for a defensive line in dire need of talent.Edge RusherIt’s no secret what the main emphasis will be during the draft. Improving in the trenches must be the biggest priority for the Falcons. While selecting a capable right tackle to compete with Ty Sambrailo is certainly an option, an edge rusher must be drafted within the first three rounds. It’s a position filled with question marks. McKinley has clear pass rushing ability Julio Jones Jersey Super Bowl , but there are concerns about his inability to evolve. The questions about Beasley are evident. Quinn hasn’t been shy about wanting to push him more than ever this offseason. The coaching staff can’t possibly depend on both young edge rushers without capable backup plans following last season’s debacle. Reinforcements are needed in order to generate pressure with a four-man rush. Everyone knows Quinn prefers to rely on rushing four rather than dialing up exotic blitzes. For an effective four-man rush to exist in Atlanta, more talent is needed up front. Unless a veteran edge rusher is signed, the Falcons need to add a highly regarded prospect to push both former first-round picks. It would be a bonus if the player can shift inside similar to how McKinley was used last season.Right TackleDespite being re-signed to a surprisingly long-term deal, Sambrailo can’t be considered as adefinitive long-term solution. His six starts in two seasons were largely underwhelming. Between not being able to stay in front of edge rushers to missing second-level blocks, there isn’t much evidence to feel confident about Sambrailo as the default starter. He will likely get the first crack to replace Ryan Schraeder. To not bring in a potential replacement for a player who has struggled for the majority of his career would be nonsensical. It will be fascinating to see how the front office evaluates offensive linemen going forward. Signing James Carpenter and Jamon Brown represented a philosophy change. While Dirk Koetter still plans on using zone-blocking concepts, the message is clear about getting bigger up front. The days of focusing on smaller, more technical offensive linemen appear to be over. Drafting a right tackle in the 320 to 330-pound range would solidify their intentions on building a more power-based line. Whoever the tackle may be, he could find himself starting by October.Nickel CornerNot signing a veteran slot corner was one of the few surprises in an otherwise quiet free agency period for the Falcons. Most expected them to add a veteran to provide depth at a position filled with question marks. It’s understandable why Robert Alford and Brian Poole are no longer on the team. Both players allowed far too many big plays to go along with not being ideal corners for Quinn’s scheme. For all their struggles last season, they played an extraordinary amount of snaps over the past three seasons. Replacing them won’t be as easy as some suspect.Isaiah Oliver has the skill set to succeed, but he didn’t exactly look comfortable in man coverage on limited snaps. How Damontae Kazee shifts back into playing corner will be something to monitor. For all his success as a playmaker, he spent the last two seasons acclimating to playing free safety. Will that affect him when reverting into a slot corner? There is no telling how he will fare in man coverage against shifty slot receivers. That is why the Falcons should look to add another cornerback in case things begin to crumble. There are no guarantees with Oliver or Kazee. Another option would bring much-needed depth back to a position that was once the strongest position on the roster.Outside LinebackerFor as talented as the linebacker group looks on paper Julio Jones Jersey For Sale , things could quickly change in one season. Deion Jones will receive a lofty contract extension at some point in the next year. The rise of Foye Oluokun was one of the few highlights in an otherwise abysmal year for the Falcons’ defense. De’Vondre Campbell continues to be a steady contributor. To have three talented linebackers on paper looks great, but there are reasons to be concerned. Campbell will be a free agent next year. Based on his credentials and the front office’s major priorities, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him sign elsewhere. Oluokun’s willingness to take on blocks and be a physical presence deserves to be valued. His lack of awareness and range may limit him into being a more rotational piece rather than a legitimate starting weak side linebacker. Duke Riley is essentially competing for a roster spot at this point. That leaves the linebacker group as a potential concern going into 2020. Good teams know how to stay prepared ahead of time in case a key player can’t be re-signed. With Quinn being known for taking linebackers in the later rounds, he could choose to do so once again. DeSean Jackson wasn't looking forward to the film review of Tampa Bay's third straight loss.He already knew the missed scoring opportunities would be the most painful part of the Buccaneers' 34-29 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.Too many times, the Buccaneers (2-3) whiffed when given an opportunity to keep up with the Falcons' scoring pace."If you want to win in the NFL, you can't afford that," Jackson said. "Once again, three consecutive games. A terrible feeling. I'm very disappointed and we've got to figure it out."Three plays will be especially difficult for Jackson and his teammates to watch:鈥?In the second quarter, quarterback Jameis Winston tried to connect with Jackson on a deep pass from the Atlanta 47. Jackson had no chance on the overthrown pass that was intercepted by Damontae Kazee at the Atlanta 1.鈥?In the third quarter, Winston's pass from the Atlanta 7 intended for Chris Goodwin in the end zone was deflected and then intercepted by Brian Poole .鈥?Finally, with time for only one play from the Falcons 21 Julio Jones Jersey On Sale , the Buccaneers pulled out a trick play instead of throwing to the end zone. Winston ran up the middle, close to the 10. He then pitched the ball to Adam Humphries, who bobbled and juggled the ball for a brief moment before pushing it to Mike Evans, who made a jump-pass on a bounce toward Jackson, but Jackson couldn't make the catch.Jackson might have had an open lane to the end zone and a possible game-winning touchdown if the ball had bounced into his hands. Instead, it went out of bounds as the final seconds left the clock.Jackson said he might have successfully fielded the ball "if I was playing baseball, if I was playing Major League Baseball."His anguish was obvious as pulled off his helmet, kicked the pylon and kept walking to the end zone in front of cheering Falcons fans."No way we should have lost to this team," Jackson said. "We're a way better team than what we showed today. It's frustrating. We work so hard and we've got so many great, talented guys in here. We have to figure out a way. The last three games we haven't won so that's the frustrating part."Winston said the Bucs wouldn't have had to depend on the wild, final play if they had taken advantage of other scoring chances."For me personally Julio Jones Jersey Sale , it's just about execution, so we don't have to put ourselves in that position," Winston said. "We're going to have games where things go our way ... but you're going to have some of those bounces and those bumps. You have to overcome those bumps and I think that's what we can do with this game. We have to get over this. We have to put this game behind us."Winston completed 30 of 41 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns in his first start of the season, but he also threw two interceptions."Yes, it was a tough loss in the division, but we're still in a good spot," he said. "It's still the beginning of the season and we have to execute better, I have to protect the football and we will win games."


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