Atlanta Falcons Won’t be Drafting a Tight End this Year

December 26, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) against the New Orleans Saints during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Here at Blogging Dirty we spent a lot of time talking about the potential tight ends we may be drafting. After all, this is going to be Tony Gonzalez’ last season, and it would be nice to have a TE that has been the understudy for Gonzalez for a year who can come in during the 2013 season and take over once he is gone.

I don’t think that player will be coming from the 2013 Draft.

All of the five or six best tight ends have been taken off the board, some of them very late, and the Falcons had every opportunity to select one of them. It just didn’t happen. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen BOTH went to the Colts, Michael Egnew fell to the Dolphins, Ladarius Green went to the Chargers, and the Bengals drafter Orson Charles. Those were the five best TEs in my book, and now all of them are gone.

After the fact, I think I agree with the Falcon’s decision making here. There were a couple really good tight ends in this draft, but nobody was anywhere near as important as a linemen in the 2nd or 3rd round. By the time the Falcons drafted in the 5th round, they decided to take a fullback and a defensive lineman and I assume take a TE next year. As a Falcon fan, I’m not too worried. Its very difficult to throw to the tight end if Matt Ryan is on the ground every other play, and we are making clear steps to improving the protection of No. 2.

 

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, Ladarius Green, Matt Ryan, Michael Egnew, Orson Charles, Tony Gonzalez

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