Atlanta Falcons 2014 Mock Draft: Pre Free Agency Edition

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Oct 26, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive linesman Jake Matthews (75) warms up against the Vanderbilt Commodores before the game at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Round 1 – OT Jake Matthews – Texas A&M

Jadeveon Clowney will likely be gone by the time Atlanta is on the board, and the best remaining pass rushers are Outside Linebackers.  Luckily for the Falcons, Jake Matthews is still waiting for his phone to ring.

Son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, Jake also comes from a family with Falcon Clay Matthews Jr, and current Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews III.  As an Aggie, Matthews played RT before eventually being placed at LT to fill in for Luke Joeckel.  Jake excelled at both, and was a 2013 Consensus All-American and First Team All-SEC. At 6’5″ and 305 lbs, Matthews has enough athleticism to do anything you would want out of an NFL Offensive Tackle.  His excellent footwork and pad level keep opposing defenders from pushing him around, and out of all the Tackles in this draft class, Matthews is the most polished.

If taken, the Falcons have a versatile OT who can play at either position.  With Sam Baker’s and Lamar Holmes’ play suspect, Jake can come in and secure at least one side of the Falcons’ offensive line.

As much as I would like a defensive pick here, Matthews fills a need without Atlanta having to reach.

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  • Keith Lawson

    only 2 defensive players and one in the 7th?

  • Tyrone Brascomb

    I’d rather have Kyle Van Noy or Jeremiah Attaochu than Murphy in the 2nd round then Jimmie Ward in the 3rd round if available but still draft Boston if available in the 7th round. We have to get some beef at DT so I’d go there in the 4th round. It’s a really deep draft for WRs so address that in the 7th round. I don’t really see any game changers at RB so taking a chance on underrated no-names Lorenzo Taliaferra and Storm Johnson or one with a troubled past like Isaiah Crowell late in the draft with a compensatory picks. Since we’re keeping S Jackson, TE is a bigger need and should be addressed in the 5th round. I like Jensen, Lynch, and Gilmore. Not playing Toilolo more last year was a mistake by the staff.

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