6'4"308 lbs. Boston College
1 POS RK
Per ESPN NFL draft profile: Chris Lindstrom
“Chris Lindstrom is an offensive lineman out of Boston College who earned AP third-team All-America and first-team All-ACC honor”
Everyone wants a sexy pick during the draft, QB, WR, DE, OLB, S, RB etc. But anyone who know anything about football understands that the game is won down in the trenches. For those who do not know where the trenches are they are where the big uglies do battle. You must be strong up the middle on offense or defense and picking a guard is a good start. Espn considers him to be the number 1 rated offensive guard so if you have a 300-billion-dollar quarterback AKA Matt Ryan then it is in your best interest to protect your investment. If I was drafting for the Falcons, then I would pick an offensive lineman also. When I watch film of Chris Lindstrom I see an offensive lineman that comes off with a flat back automatically giving him leverage over the defender. He is also able to pull effectively and has good awareness to pick of blitzes. So, I would give this pick an A from a need standpoint.
6'7"317 lbs. Washington
8 POS RK
Per ESPN NFL draft profile: Kaleb McGary
“Kaleb McGary is a tall, well-built right tackle prospect out of Washington who is a very good run-blocker and moves defenders off the ball when he keeps his pads down.”
Big and tall mountain man tackle from Washington. Watching film on him show he is a good run-blocker. Because he is so tall he will need to work on staying low coming off the ball. At 6’7 that will be hard to do. His length will help him in pass blocking. I will tell you what though, Atlanta is serious about their offensive line because they traded back into the first round to draft another offensive lineman. Matt Ryan has that kool aid smile on his face. I am getting paid 300-billion dollars and my team is spending 300-billion dollars to keep me happy yea me.
5'11"193 lbsOhio State
14 POS RK
A fast athlete very strong who uses his speed well. He plays very natural with great intelligence. A good press corner plays with his hands very well. Watching film, I see him break up a lot of passes using his hands very well. With Atlanta Falcons having Julio Jones we will see how good he is in practice.
6'5"286 lbsCharleston (WV)
19 POS RK
A very tall and big strong side defensive end that uses his hands well. He performed well at the NFL combine by running a 4.69 40. That is impressive for a man this size. He sets the edge very well but for a man this size he only had 3 sacks as a Division II player. Someone who has his size speed combination should have 20 sacks. He a good run stopper though. Maybe with better coaching he will turn into a better pass rusher. I think the falcons are more concerned with stopping the run with this pick.
A big running back is just what the falcons need. After being stuffed on many occasions on short yardage plays I think Dan Quin saw that a bigger running back with some power is what is needed. He has good speed to. He doesn’t have freeman’s speed, but he could take it to the house. He had a 97 run on a power play where he beast mode a corner. I like big backs they can take on blitzing linebackers better, so I could see him helping in pass protection. Another big smile from Matt Ryan.
6'1"186 lbs. Washington
A natural corner that makes plays. He has good ball skills to make interceptions. He can blitz, and he is an effective tackler. I haven’t seen where he gets beat too much except the Ohio State bowl game. This a corner who plays the ball well doesn’t allow the receiver to make plays after reception. He will need to be coached up to bring out his true potential.
5'8"190 lbs UL Monroe
A small inside slot receiver with good run after catch ability. He very elusive and had to tackle with great speed. He brings value in the kick return game also. However, he is prone to fumble the ball but that can be improved with coaching. I would throw him short passes and see what he can do in the space. He reminds me of terrick hill so the falcons have to find a way to get him in open space.
I think overall offensively the falcons addressed protecting Matt Ryan 300-billion dollar contact with 2 first round offensive lineman draft picks. I am sure they would like to run the ball better also which drafting 2 first round offensive lineman should help you do. They also drafted a big bowling ball running back to get more physical in the running game. I think this helps because I think you need a smaller back with speed and a big back with power. You can have a power run package and a speed package and that is exactly how I would name those packages when substituting personnel in an out the game. I think with those packages also brings a bit of deception to your offense because you could bring in your power package and throw the ball keeping the defense off balance. I think the bigger back with help with pass protection also. I saw Devonta Freeman get ran over by blitzing linebackers causing panic for Matt Ryan. They also drafted a slot receiver to help pick up that yardage after catch or YAC. On defense they picked up a big run stopping defensive end helping stop the run. With that size he will play on the strong side of the defense which for those who don’t know is the left side if you are looking at a defense from behind. For most of football fans we watch football from a sideview so looking at it from the side you will see him on the left side. They also picked up two corners which will provide help from a depth perspective. On the negative side of things, they still need to address more defensive tackle help. To build a great run stopping defense you build from the inside out. They did not address inside linebacker either. Once again you build a great defense from the inside out.