The Falcons Draft Day: Offensive Linemen Edition

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Welcome to part three of our Falcons Draft Day Needs breakdown. If you missed the previous entries, get caught up here and here.

Another possible direction the Falcons could go today is offensive line. Center Todd McClure will be 33 this year and he could use the last few years of his career tutoring his replacement.

The rest of the line could use some help as many struggled with injuries last season and in a run-first offense, the line moves the chains.

So what are the options at 19? Let’s take a look.

NOTE: We’ve excluded Russell Okung, Trent Williams and Bryan Bulaga since they will not be available at 19 barring a trade.


Top Offensive Linemen Available in 2010 Draft

Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
source: YardBarker

Mike Iupati, Idaho
source: YardBarker

D. Orlando Ledbetter was driving the Pouncey train long before anyone else and I could see the Falcons pulling the trigger if their DE or OLB choice is off the board.

Iupati could make an immediate impact but I question whether he would be on the board when the Falcons pick.

Pouncey or Iupati are reasonable options if the Falcons decide to stay on the offensive side of the ball. There would likely be outcry as the mantra all offseason has been “rush the passer!”

More to Come

We’ll break down the other positions of need throughout the day on this NFL Draft Day 2010.

What do you think? If they go strictly with a O-Lineman, who’s your choice on this list? Do you hope they wait and grab a O-Lineman in later rounds? Let me hear it in the comments.

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, CBS Sports, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Iupati, NFL Draft

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