Atlanta Falcons 2018 NFL Draft

Atlanta Falcons 2018 NFL Draft

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Atlanta Falcons 2018 mock drafts, last year draft recap, Atlanta Falcons draft needs, 2018 draft trades.

GM: Thomas Dimitroff

Head Coach: Dan Quinn

Offensive Coordinator: Steve Sarkisian

Defensive Coordinator: Marquand Manuel

Offensive Scheme: West Coast, Vertical

Defensive Scheme: 4-3

2018 NFL Mock Drafts

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Atlanta Falcons Previous Draft

1/26 Takkarist McKinley OLB UCLA
3/75 Duke Riley ILB LSU
4/136 Sean Harlow OT OREGON STATE
5/149 Damontae Kazee CB SAN DIEGO STATE
5/156 Brian Hill RB WYOMING
5/174 Eric Saubert TE DRAKE

 

Post Draft Thoughts:

“McKinley fell a bit because he doesn’t fit every scheme and has an injury.  The Falcons must be ecstatic that he did, as he will not only help boost their pass rush, but he fits their scheme, their attitude, and when healthy, can step in immediately, not having to be “the man.” They then grabbed another linebacker. After scoring huge on one last year, it wasn’t necessarily a need, but they stayed true to their board. Hill becomes the wrecking ball running back that should help in 4 minute drills, and Saubert was a “sleeper” favorite by many draft experts. The offense has been explosive, but they also need to kill the clock when they have the lead and a power back and dynamic tight end will help.”

2018 NFL Draft

There is a trail of teams thriving under Shanahan and then faltering when he leaves. That doesn’t necessarily make him a great head coach, and we will see how that goes after a few years. In the meantime, the Falcons offense has taken a few steps back, and needs to find a new identity instead of trying to force a continuity that simply isn’t there now that Shanahan is gone. Even with their high powered offense last year, they had problems keeping leads, which obviously displayed itself in the Superbowl.

The Falcons were not going to be able to maintain their high scoring ways under a new coordinator, and would benefit from a more reliable four minute drill.  Shanahan did not do well his first year in Atlanta, so the Falcons should be patient to allow the new offensive coordinator / QB relationship to grow.

However, their major weakness is one that was not alleviated with the addition of Poe, and that is a failure to create an interior push on the defensive line. They have some excellent talent on the edge, and a one gap, penetrating defensive tackle would allow Poe to become a two gap anchor.

Atlanta Falcons 2018 NFL Draft Needs

DT, S, OG, TE

 

2018 NFL Draft Trades for the Atlanta Falcons

Round 1
Houston to Cleveland
Kansas City to Buffalo

Round 2
Houston to Cleveland
Los Angeles Rams to Buffalo
New Orleans to San Francisco
Philadelphia to Cleveland
San Francisco to New England
Seattle to New York Jets

Round 3
Buffalo to Carolina
Chicago to San Francisco
Philadelphia to Buffalo
Seattle to Houston

Round 4
Arizona to Chicago
Carolina to Cleveland
Minnesota to Philadelphia to Miami
Minnesota to Philadelphia
Philadelphia to Miami
Pittsburgh to San Francisco
San Francisco to Denver

Round 5
Atlanta to Denver
Dallas to New York Jets
Houston to Seattle
Kansas City to Cleveland
Miami to New Orleans
New England to Seattle
New York Jets to San Francisco
Oakland to Seattle
San Francisco to Pittsburgh
Seattle to Philadelphia

Round 6
Buffalo to Los Angeles Rams
Detroit to Los Angeles Rams
Pittsburgh to Cleveland to Pittsburgh to Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh to Cleveland
Cleveland to Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to Tampa Bay
Seattle to Oakland

Round 7
Kansas City to San Francisco
Los Angeles Chargers to Buffalo
Los Angeles Chargers to Buffalo
Buffalo to Carolina
Minnesota to Seattle
New England to Cincinnati
New England to Seattle
New York Jets to Seattle
Philadelphia to Seattle
Seattle to New York Jets
Seattle to New England
Tampa Bay to Miami

Conditional / Yet to be Have Details Released
Arizona to Kansas City
Arizona to New Orleans
Baltimore to Arizona
Baltimore to Los Angeles Rams
Buffalo to Green Bay
Cincinnati to Jacksonville
Jacksonville to Miami
New England to Philadelphia
New York Giants to Pittsburgh


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